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michael l burnett
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« on: July 07, 2004, 08:38:48 AM »

our bees are working a pasture of kale we discovered on the old farm our hives are set up on...since we are just getting into main honey flow is it advisable to move hives to this kale pasture..or would this do more harm than good as the kale is only a half mile away and the bees are working it any way...i guess the question is will moving bees closer to the source produce more honey or will re-orientation(at this late date) offset any increased production?
HARD TELLIN' NOT KNOWIN'

THANKS...brookie  smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2004, 08:41:42 AM »

If you move bees, it must be at least 3 miles, or less than a couple of feet. Oterhwise the "recognise" their location and fly back to the old site. If the meadow is half-a-mile, you cannot move the hives there. I'd leave them where they are if that was me.

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2004, 05:34:32 PM »

Adam's right. If you move your hives to the kale pasture the foragers will return to the location that the hives are at right now. Unfortunately your hives will no longer be there and the bees will mill around until they die.
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michael l burnett
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004, 08:06:01 AM »

Cheesy





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