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House Bee
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« on: February 26, 2011, 07:20:38 PM »

I have a hive I am moving to a new location about 20 miles away. What time of day and month should I move it? It was weak going into the winter but so far as of last week it is making it. I have been feeding it syrup and would like to move it.
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011, 08:07:00 PM »

I like to move them right after dark (or when they quit flying) or first thing in the morning, right before daylight.   And for the day, when ever you can get somebody to help you tote them.   grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2011, 08:50:57 PM »

It depends on the yard for me. If I'm moving hives from my home yard (at my house) to an out yard I close them up with screens after dark and move them whenever I want the next day. If I'm moving them from out yard to out yard as is the case with most of my splits I move them just after dark.


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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 11:22:02 PM »

I always move in the morning. It's cooler than in the evening when they sometimes are still hanging outside, active, etc.

That way, by then time I get to the new location, the sun is coming up and I can work in daylight.

Having crap happen, and it will sometimes, it is much easier to deal with in the morning versus late at night.

Plus, I'm a morning person. Love early morning work.
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