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Offline taztiger

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Moving hives
« on: May 18, 2010, 08:42:55 PM »
G'day all
Just a quick question. I bought another hive two weeks ago from a farmer who lived only about 1km from my other hives in Sheffield. That being the case i brought the hive back to my home 20kms away and placed it in a position which is not ideal (not enough sun,fairly shady). How long do i need to wait before i can take the hive back to my other hives?
It's currently a sunny 8c today here in Tassie. The bees that are in the sun are out working bringing back some pollen from something.

cheers Taz

Offline philinacoma

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Re: Moving hives
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2010, 05:00:38 AM »
Hi Taz,

Long enough for the current batch of foragers to croak it. Maybe a month and a half to 2...depending on how hard the whip is cracking on them.


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Re: Moving hives
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2010, 10:29:32 AM »
Move them again after 3 days....
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Re: Moving hives
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2010, 10:54:44 AM »
What's the thinking on 3 days?

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Re: Moving hives
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2010, 11:15:59 AM »
The time it takes bees to forget. Lock your bees in for 3 days. When released, they will immediately reorient.
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Re: Moving hives
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2010, 03:27:14 PM »
I need to move two hives about 120 yards away from their current location.  I was planning to move them today about 3 miles away, then move them back to the new / permanent location next week.  Could I, as an option, just lock them in the hive today, move them 120 yards away, then on Saturday reopen?

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Re: Moving hives
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2010, 04:09:39 PM »
You can move them tonight, then block the entrance, but not fully, and they will be ok. Lean a half sheet of plywood against the front, fill the entrance with grass, lay a leafy limb or two across the entrance, etc.

There may be some that return to the original site, but will find the hive within a couple days.
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