My apologies, Newbee here! I am sure these questions have been asked a million times, but after searching prior posts, I am more confused than ever.
A friend that has (a little) more experience with bees than I do has taken one of my swarms back to his house to get the hive working. The new hive will be returned tonight. His house is 5 miles from here. So, do they need branches in front of the hive entrance, or not? I will feed them on arrival, yes? Remove feeder as soon as I know they are forraging, or feed for several days? Smoke them when they arrive to help settle them down? Should I smoke the yard area prior to removing the seal so they smell smoke immediately? The last hive he brought back, we did not have a smoker, and they were pretty angry. I'd like to keep them as calm as possible so they aren't traumatized. I have pretty much concluded through posts that distance between the hives is irrelevant, even though one is established here, and the other will be new? Sorry for all the dumb questions...I am learning as fast as I can!
Thanks in advance!