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We are starting our first 2 hives this week with package bees, is 20'' to close for 2 hives? I don't want them migrating to one hive. could I wait to start the 2nd hive the next day? any advice is welcomed..
 

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I am not sure how it will affect package installation, but I have several hives only a foot apart and I don't see any problems
 

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Should be fine 20" apart, no need to do it two separate days, I like to install late in day if possible to minimize flying the first day.
 

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I've had a lot of issues in recent years with drifting. The hives they drifted to were often 10 feet away. I don't see any more or less issues with them up against each other. Installing just before dark is more helpful...
 
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