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Hi, Ern second year be keeper here.
I would like to move 2 hives about 40 feet so they will get more sun especially in winter. Can I just move them to the new location or must I use the 2 feet/2 miles rule of thumb. If I move them at nightfall all will be back home. Would the field bees really not re-orientate themselves to the slightly new location the next day?

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i resently had to move 20 hives out of Elk area -

some moves 50 ft and some moved 200+ feet

i just moved them early in the morning (still chilly) and placed evergreen limbs in front of the hives - a few bees got lost but within 2hrs all the bees had came back to the new location
 

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I don't have access to a second site more than 2 miles away to move my splits or hives before I put them right where I want them. And I don't have time for it either, being in nursing school. I've moved hives (typically at night) and splits in the afternoon when I made them. moves were 200-300 yards and I closed the entrance before moves. When I set the hives at the new site I covered the entrance with leafy branches. I noticed no problems.
 
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