I'm in the process of moving up from one to two hives, and a friend gave me a very nice hive stand that will handle three or four hives. To install it in the place where I have the one original hive, I'll have to turn that hive 90 degrees from south-facing to west-facing, and raise it up about half a foot. I'm aware of the 2 feet or 2 miles rule of thumb, which I won't be violating, but what about turning the hive? I'm considering moving the hive over a foot or so temporarily so that I can get the new stand into position and leveled, then moving the hive to the stand after a couple of days, but keeping it still orientated to the south. Then after a couple more days, turning it 45 degrees to the southwest, and then a couple of days later, another 45 degrees to finish the turn to the west. Is all that necessary, or should I just put it onto the new stand facing the west, and hope that the bees figure out that they now need to go to where the side used to be in order to get into the front? Thanks for your wisdom and input on this!