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sara
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:01 pm    Post subject: Temporary move of hive Reply with quote

Hi, I have cause to move my top bar hive which I keep in the garden as I am having some tree work done very close to the hive and there will be machinery and sawing etc. I propose to move them only about 10 metres the night before the work once they are all home. I will obviously put the bungs in the holes before I do this.

Please could you tell me whether I should keep them locked in during the next day when the work is being done or let them fly and hope they return to the hive in its new location without any problem? I will put them back to their original location the next evening so it will have been just 24 hours away from their home base. I will feel a bit mean keeping them inside - particularly if it is warm - but if it is for the best.....

Hope someone can advise and many thanks in anticipation.

Sara
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sara

Unfortunately you will definitely have to keep them in as many of them will automatically return to their old location after going out to forage the next day and be buzzing about and probably cause a lot more havoc with the workmen than actually leaving the hive in situ.

I can understand you wanting to move it though, especially if there is a risk of branches etc being dropped on the hive or workmen being stung and I would therefore recommend keeping them in for the short time (a day or 2 if necessary) that they are moved and the work is being done. If you have a mesh floor, then there should be no problem with them overheating if the entrance is corked, but if you have a solid or deep litter floor, I would tape mesh over all entrances so that they can still breath.
You do need to be very sure that all possible exit holes are covered as, they will find the tiniest hole to escape through once they realise the entrance is blocked and they will then most likely cause the problems you hope to avoid by moving them.

Good luck with it.

Barbara
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sara
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Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, HD1 4PP

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much Barbara. Good to know what is best to do. I do have a mesh floor so that should be fine but I will definitely take a good look round the outside of the hive for potential exit points and rectify them before I move it.

Thanks again for your very useful advice.

Best wishes, Sara
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