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  1. Bee Forum
    For reasons of changing the bees flight path in my garden, I changed the orientation of a hive last night by 180 degrees. I did this yesterday evening when most bees were back in the hive. Today I have some very confused bees. I'd say about a pound of them has now gathered where the old...
  2. Observation Hive Forum
    I read the waggle dance is to communicate the direction and distance to food. So my question is... If you swing an observation hive or rotate it, changing its orientation to the earth and sun (north south east west), would that cause bees doing waggle dance to send the other bees in the wrong...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Last year was my first year as a beekeeper. My bees did well and we were always excited to see them hold 'orientation' because there was so much activity around the hive. This year, the colony looks healthy and active, but we haven't seen an orientation yet. I'm just wondering if this is a...
  4. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    We all know that when constructing comb, the bees 'cant' the comb slightly upward on both sides (I'll guess ~10 degrees?), making the two sides of comb form a slight 'V.' When doing an extraction from inside a wall, we all know the comb runs up and down inside the wall forming vertical...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    I'm trying to move my bees to small-cell comb and added some into the brood nest this weekend. A few hours after, I noticed considerably more bees than usual doing orientation flights. Does rearranging their comb cause them to reorient?
  6. Bee Forum
    Its been two days and I just realized I installed the queen cage with the side screens facing the foundation and the candy face down! I've read that the candy should face up OR down so I installed facing down thinking the bees would be more inclined to orient and chew upwards (hope the...
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