the rule of thumb is 2 feet or 2 miles. In other words if you have to move a hive move it 2 feet at a time. or take it more than 2 miles away. for a few days then bring it back forcing the bees to reorient. be sure to close it up a dusk after all the bees have returnedSo is there a limit on distance moved? I have 2 hives about 3’ apart but want to move both of them together about 50’ away. Is it ok and what time of day is best?
When you hang a cut branch in front, how exactly are you placing the branch? Is it laying in the entrance area so they have to crawl over it? I've read about reorienting the bees this way, but I've not done it yet. Thanks!!We move ours without issue within the apiary from a few feet to 15-20 feet, sometimes more sometimes less. We close them up, move, hang a cut branch in front of the opening and the bees reorient as they come out of the hive.
It depends how the foreign bees behave.Not a stupid question.....I was thinking the same thing..... I would assume the guards wouldn't let bees from another hive in either.
A forager coming back with pollen and nectar isn't a robber and is usually let into the hive. If a guard bee greets it the guard is easily bribed by any bee carrying nectar to offer.Maybe a stupid question but won’t the returning bees to a different hive not be let in by the guard bees?
I cover the entrance with it for around a day, sometimes two, the bees need to crawl over, under, around the branch. I usually just tape it on. Usually tape the stem on the box with the branches hanging over the opening.When you hang a cut branch in front, how exactly are you placing the branch? Is it laying in the entrance area so they have to crawl over it? I've read about reorienting the bees this way, but I've not done it yet. Thanks!!