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Hi again,

I want to move all my production colonies to out yards. One out yard is about 1.8 miles flight path from the current location. The bees would have to cross a river and other major landmarks to get back to the original sight. Do you think I will have a problem?

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I might just try it and see what happens. I will have a couple weak hives still in the apiary.

I would be moving them from my place to a spot almost to the sauk-suiattle tribe. Google earth says its 1.88 miles. I will also toss grass in front to get them to reorientate.

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Yeah, I really need to move the bees out and make room for the packages. It's a whole lot easier to feed the hives when they are in the back yard. I think Im going to get 15 packages and make 5 nucs. that will give me 20 at the house. Now if the blackberries do something I will be in good shape. Also they fly up the hill for fireweed.

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they are 2.60 each - and then i buy the screen plugs from Betterbee for 1.40 each -

i switched from frame feeders to pails and so far im in favor of the pails - since i dont have to open the hive on rainy days to just check feed - i can check the pails at night with a flash light and see the syrup level

also no drowding bees - im in favor of that

so for 4 bucks each its cheaper then the other feeders

also i can fill the pails at the house and just drive to the hives and not have syrup spilled all over and i fill when i have time which is usually about 1 am

let me know if you want some of the pails

im getting 15 tommorow - i can get you some also
 

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So do you have holes in the covers or place on the frames with a deep around it?

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i put a inner cover - most of mine i just made from plywood -
i drilled a 2 3/4 hole in them - ( that fits the small mouth mason jar lits perfect - that way i can put jars on if in a pinch

but anyhow i put the pail over the inner cover and a empty hive body over that then the cover -
but ive see where some dont even put the empty hive body over it

i think the empty body keeps the temperture even - that way the pail is less likely to burp form heating and cooling from the sun -

just make sure you place your queen off to the side of the hole - dont want her to drown if anyhing where to go wrong

i have a 2- inch bit to drill the pail lids if you want me to drill them for you if you deside to go this route
 

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Joe, move your bees, throw grass over the entrance as you mentioned, and forget about them. Works for me every time..they do reorient. I've moved hives mere feet, doing that.
 

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I wouldn't worry about that distance. Drop them off and worry about getting ready for the packages.
 

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thanks for posting the pic---!!!! i was going to but got busy - - but thats the set up of most pail feeding - 1 gallon buckets work but the 2 gallons work better - since you dont have to feed them as often -

one thing to do is to turn it up-side down out side of the hive so that it drips out side of the hive rather then on the brood below ( this is just for a few seconds to build a suction !
 
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