Greetings, we are getting our first bees (ever) May 9th. I think I read it somewhere, but have read so much can't remember where I read what.. anyway.. is there are certain distance to keep between each colony? In photos, I usually see 2 placed together on a pallet.. any info would be greatly appreciated.
I like that there is free space around a hive. Over 1m or over 3 feet is good. I use 1,5 m, if I have space. It is better that you can work with hive from both sides. And you have space to lay down boxes, frames, chake bees in front of hive, etc.
If you go to upper wind side and the odour of human goes to the hive, most hives become nervous. It is better to work on lower side. Also it is pleasant to choose the sun direction, how you stand.
I see no advantage to put hives in tight row.
If you put 4 same looking hives in one row, bees cannot calculate. When it is cool weather, they often flyes in panic and goes into wrong entry. And often they are killed if they do not have honey or pollen.