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jnickison1
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:50 pm    Post subject: To move, or not to move. Reply with quote

A couple of questions; first, as time is passing I find I might have placed one of the hives in less that a prime position for exposure to the sun. They are not out until 8-9am and by 6pm shadows from nearby trees are well over the hive that they are slowing down. Any thoughts on this? Is it very disruptive to move the hive maybe 30-40 feet at this time? And second, During my first inspection one wired comb had fallen off the wires. My mentor told me that the bees would probably join them to the bars within a few days-this has not happened and tomorrow will be 14 days. Thoughts?
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John
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Adam Rose
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: To move, or not to move. Reply with quote

jnickison1 wrote:
A couple of questions; first, as time is passing I find I might have placed one of the hives in less that a prime position for exposure to the sun. They are not out until 8-9am and by 6pm shadows from nearby trees are well over the hive that they are slowing down. Any thoughts on this? Is it very disruptive to move the hive maybe 30-40 feet at this time?


John,

You can move hives any distance you want.

The foragers will have a tendency to want to back to where the hive originally was. There are a few ways round this. One is to confuse them in relation to the area where the hive originally was. You place big obstacles like crossed branches, big tripods, basically anything to make the original area look different to how it used to. The other is to block the entrance of the hive with a plug of grass. The bees spend so long removing the grass that they need to re-orientate when they finally get out. The third way is to just accept that the foragers will go home and put some kind of hive where the old one used to be. Every evening, you just pick the hive up and empty it into the old hive in the new location. After a few days, the foragers have learnt where their new home is.

But ... I'm not sure if you really need to move the hive at all. Bees lives in trees after all. There's nothing wrong with a bit of shade. Shade is also shelter from the wind in the winter. The presence of trees usually makes things warmer in winter and cooler in summer, which is no bad thing.
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rmcpb
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's 9-10 hours of sunshine. Not sure I would bother moving them however, my conditions are somewhat different to yours.

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 10:15 am    Post subject: To move... Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies, very grateful.
John
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