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tickie
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Moving a TBH Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm an urban beekeeper, and have had my first colony since May. All going well, give or take, and the colony is establishing and growing well.

I sited my hive towards the end of the garden next to the fence, however, my neighbours have just put up a trampoline on the other side of the fence for their kids. Distance from hive to trampoline is about 5 metres...

Thoughts please - should I move it? I'm slightly nervous with the idea of a group of kids bouncing around near the hive, it would only take one angry bee, one sting, and I'll have angry neighbours...

If I do move it, I would have to move it about 30 metres to the other corner at end of garden. The next question would be how I go about that bit...

Thanks,

Nick
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How high is the fence? If the hive is right next to it, the bees will fly away from the fence a bit on their way up so many will likely be above the height of the action. This makes some observation the first job you need to do. Of course on the days you observe, they may not be going in that direction anyway but with luck you will get some idea of how serious the problem is. 5 metres away, I would not be too concerned about my own bees except on days when I have been opening up the hives so in the short term perhaps some liaison with neighbours is needed.

If I decided to move it, I would move it just under three foot at a time and in the evening after the trampolining has stopped. An alternative is to move it somewhere over three miles away for about a week and then move it back to the new site and hope neighbours on the other side don't get a trampoline!

Many here have managed to move hives the sort of distance you are talking about by placing a thick screen of leafy branches in front of the hive forcing them to reorientate on leaving the hive. The only reason I am not advocating that is that I have not had reason to try it myself.

Dave
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tickie
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Location: Bristol

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

catchercradle wrote:
How high is the fence? If the hive is right next to it, the bees will fly away from the fence a bit on their way up so many will likely be above the height of the action. This makes some observation the first job you need to do. Of course on the days you observe, they may not be going in that direction anyway but with luck you will get some idea of how serious the problem is. 5 metres away, I would not be too concerned about my own bees except on days when I have been opening up the hives so in the short term perhaps some liaison with neighbours is needed.


Thanks Dave. The hive is situated close (<2ft) to the fence, which is about 5ft high. Watching the bees, they don't tend to go out over the trampoline - at the moment they are either going opposite across my garden, or sometimes straight up and back across the neighbours garden. But I guess that foraging pattern could change over the season.

My concern was that lots of noise and movement could incite one to feel threatened... Or that exhausted foraging bees crash land back on the trampoline... I'm avoiding opening the hive any time that there is anyone in the neighbouring garden, just in case.

It's very reassuring to hear that you feel 5m is enough. I'll leave them for now and keep an eye on it!

Thanks,

Nick
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