I've got two bait hives that swarms have taken up residence in. Bees have been there about a week. One is the ubiquitous 'five from a sheet of ply' design with four frames in it but the one I most concerned about is a cardboard concrete form like you get from the home improvement stores that has only a few guides at the top (old top bars from an aborted top bar project)... I know each day, the cutout get messier on this one.
One issue is both are only a few hundred yards from where my other hives are. Actually, it is where I should have put them all - in a beautiful, but unworked pecan orchard on property I have access to.
I'm aware of the potential loss just hiving them a few hundred yards from where they were trapped without taking them further away and moving them back, but I have a few newbee (read ignorant) questions...
- while not typically advised, would it be a complete disaster to move them from the trap to a hive only 300 yards away?
- Would there be and downside to putting the hive where they are now and possibly starting a new bee yard there - only a few hundred yards away from my other hives (other than obviously missing the benefit of having a second yard miles away)?
- If put in a hive and slowly moved back with the others, is the rule of thumb of a few feet a day literal? I I moved a plant blocking the entrance with them could I move them faster? maybe 10 yards every few days (is is all in the open other than well spaced pecan trees)?
Thanks in advance!