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A friend is no longer able to beek, and has asked me to take his hive.

As I see it, it should be fairly straightforward: Plug front entrance, load supers into Van, strap supers together. SBB should provide ventilation.

What I don't understand is how to avoid stranding foraging bees at the site of origin.

Any advice?
 

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If you can plug the hive after dark or before light you'll get the entire foraging population. Move them over 2 miles from the original location. Once in their final position remove the plug and the foragers will re-orient. It's pretty easy, straight forward, and the hive is completely back to normal with a couple of days.
 

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If you don't really need/want to move them a mile or two away put the hive in a relatively cool dark place for 24 hours (I use my garage) before you let them out and they will stay put in the new spot. Works for me anyway.
 
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