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I recently saw a picture on here of someone's apiary and they had their benches of hives at about a 45 degree angle. I realized that this was so that they all get sun at sunrise - not just the first skyscraper on the block!
I have one of my hives due West of another. Can I move the bench that these two hives are on - really just scootching one end of the bench - about 12 inches to the South to give that hive full morning sun too?

I don't want to set the progress of these bees back, they're doing fine. I just think this would help them.

Your thoughts?
 

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Yes. Even for us old died in the wool old farts the rule has always been 2 feet or 2 miles nothing in between. in fact you can move then 24 inches every few days until you have done a complete circle if you like
 

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Thanks!
Anybody dissent?
 

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I've moved them several feet different times. There'll be a good many bees flying around the old spot for awhile but around dark they'll go in somewhere.
 

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So when you put a branch in front of the hive after a short more how long does it need to stay in front of the hive ??
 

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I'm going to move everything in my yard this year. I love the way it looks out the window with bees flying everywhere, but my kids want to "play" in the yard (can't have anything nice with these kids around!:D) I've generally been moving just a couple feet, but I'm sure I could move a little more if I wanted to. The other part of the yard doesn't have great morning sun, so I'm dragging my feet a little on this. Once it heats up the kids will forget all about playing in the yard.
 

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>So when you put a branch in front of the hive after a short more how long does it need to stay in front of the hive ??

A couple of days will do. More won't hurt. It's really that first day that matters most.
 
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