RE: [Beekeeping] Making Splists; was Buying Queens
MessageMike,I have a limited amount of space and have moved my hives 1 to 5 feet several times without a problem this past year.At one point I had 2 hives and a NUC just inches apart. See old picture.The 2 hives in the picture were the result of a split Jan-2010. Since then, I split the middle box a second time and moved the NUC to a super.Tonight I moved the single hive over to a public garden less than a mile from my house. I don't expect any problems in violating the 3 mile rule. Henry E. Kurland
Long Beach Honey
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Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: [Beekeeping] Making Splists; was Buying Queens
--- On Thu, 6/10/10, woodguy23321 <woodguy23321@ yahoo.com> wrote:
I want to do a couple of splits. ........ I'm reading up on splits, and have space to spread them far and wide while they stabilize, but any other suggest or experiences would be welcome.
Just remember, as you spread your splits out, moving them back to a central location could pose a problem. Rule of moving bees: Less than three feet, more than three miles. Nothing in between works well. When making your splits, I would recommend setting them up where you want to keep them over winter. Also, your field bees WILL go back to the old location when you make your splits. Keep that in mind when you divvy out bees to your splits. You'll want more hive bees in the new location because the field bees will go back to the old location. That is assuming you move your bees less than three miles.
Mike in LA