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Due to "neighborly" reasons I have to move my bees (5 hives) to the other side of my yard. Right now my hives are spread out, but they will be put into a fenced area about 25-75 yards from where they are now. How do I go about moving them? (Not moving them is not an option) Do I have to take them a couple miles away for a while and then bring them back? All advice is appreciated.

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Steve in Florida.
 

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How do I go about moving them?
Steve, in your location, after dark just block the entrance, move them directly to the new location, and reopen the entrance. If they are bearding, smoke most of them into the hive before blocking the entrance. Don’t leave any hive boxes or catch box at the old location and don’t worry about partially obstructing the entrance for them to reorient. If you don’t leave anything at the old location, they will sort it out.
 

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How to move bees:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm

Moving bees more than 2 feet and less than 2 miles:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm#between

It will be chaos for a day or two after you move them. Some bees will keep returning to the old location and then turning to fly to the new location for the next three weeks. They will go on autopilot to the old location and then remember where they are now... but in three weeks all the foragers who knew the old location will be dead of old age.
 

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Listen to Michael Bush. I had to move 2 hives a short distance and it worked well. Do not fail to do the "leave behind box" if you want it to work well and as fast as possible. J
 

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I do a variation on Michaels branch method (I move the whole hive in one go, rather than the staged approach he describes - I also use single deeps, so box order and weight are not an issue) and its always worked well. An obstruction (branch) over the entrance encourages them to re-orientate, and aside from a few lost bees buzzing around the old location, they move quite well.
 
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