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Moving an Occupied Hive

Today, December 16th, 2018, I moved an occupied hive from a place of perma-shade - due to the low angle of the winter sun - to a spot where it can receive the warmth of the sun throughout the afternoon.

My hope is that the added warmth, here at 7,000' in the heart of the Rockies, will help this colony to survive the winter.  (The hive was quite heavy, so that's a good sign.)

Because I had only moved the hive about 12' from its previous position, I put some dead flower stalks in front of the entrance.  Conventional beekeeping wisdom prescribes this technique in order to aid the bees in resetting their internal GPS to their new home location as they crawl through this obstacle course to leave the hive.  (The theory is that this allows them time to realize that the sun is in a different place relative to their hive entrance at that time of day.)

The goal is that, upon returning to their hive, they do not fly back to the old location.  (And this is shaping up to be a good day for a cleansing flight.)


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