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Offline cao

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Installing packages of bees
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:17:35 PM »
When installing multiple packages, how far apart should the hives be?  I have 2 packages ordered and was wondering, if the hives were too close, would they drift to the one that has the stronger queen?

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Re: Installing packages of bees
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 10:06:25 PM »
Quite possibly. If I only had 2, I would place them at least 10 feet apart. Then after you know she is laying, move them a few feet daily until they are where you want them.

If they do drift and one looks to be much stronger than the other, just switch places with them. It will help to even them out.
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Re: Installing packages of bees
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 10:08:19 PM »
Installing late in the eveing as possible will also help on the drifting
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Re: Installing packages of bees
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2014, 06:06:23 AM »
I never considered the possibility that package bees would drift. Thanks for the heads up. I've purchased 6 4lb packages that are scheduled for pickup 5/24. I'll be placing them inches apart. I assumed they would orient as if they were emerging brood. Luckily, they will be located in the back yard so I can monitor them closely.
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Re: Installing packages of bees
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2014, 10:22:22 AM »
Emerging bees have the smell of the hive and their mother queen. Package bees come from several hives and a strange queen. Why should they act similar?

Package bees orient to what they consider the best home available. Usually it is the nearest one, but can be the next one if the pheremones from that one are stronger.
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Re: Installing packages of bees
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014, 01:50:47 PM »
I would also do a soft install (no shakeing)  that will keep down the number of airborne bees going to the other box.  and evening so they stay put all night.

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Re: Installing packages of bees
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2014, 03:52:58 PM »
Emerging bees have the smell of the hive and their mother queen. Package bees come from several hives and a strange queen. Why should they act similar?

Package bees orient to what they consider the best home available. Usually it is the nearest one, but can be the next one if the pheremones from that one are stronger.

It's not that I doubt what you're saying it's just that I have never considered the possibility. I appreciate the information.
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