Maria and I moved Ba-bee-lonia back with the other hives Friday night. We went out after full dark so all of the bees would be in for the evening. I put on an entrance reducer and plugged it up so there was no way out.
I used two tie-down straps and belted all the boxes together so they wouldn’t come apart in the move.
Since the ground between the two hive locations is anything but smooth I had no choice but to carry the deep and the super to the new location.
While I had to carry 60 pounds of beehive, Maria had the hard job. She was holding the spotlight which infuriated a few bees.
We got the hive to the new location (without me dropping it) then grabbed a few branches to lay across the entrance.
This was done because (with all due respect) bees can be pretty dumb. They will fly out of the hive without really paying attention to where they are. They will then return to the old location of the hive on auto pilot and be well and truly lost. In most cases they will fly in ever increasing circles until they find the hive and in some cases make it home but in most they’ll never make it back.
By placing branches in front of the entrance and impeding their exit it simulates the effect of the tree their hive is in falling down. They will reorient on the location of the new entrance and be able to find their way back.
That was the theory but after visiting the old location there were close to a hundred bees flying around lost. I’m going to recheck today. This late in the season, every bee counts.
All of the beehives are light and I’ll begin feeding them to try to help them get a little more stored before it gets to cold.