The bees that return to find their home gone, will spiral outwards looking for a hive and generally move into the first one they find. If it's 2 or 3 feet away this will happen immediately. If it's 100 yards away, it will take bit longer, but it will still happen.
Why sorry for them. This is to increase their survival rate. It is a good thing.
Later on you can split them again when they grow more. Don't be sorry for that because
they will have a new home to goto while increasing the population.
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