Beekeeping: How To Move A Hive Any Distance (More Than 3 Feet and Less Than 3 Miles)

The 3 feet or 3 mile myth is busted! I share how you can successfully move a honey bee hive more than three feet and less than three miles. I learned this fr…


Yildun28 says:

3 days is much too long. They can get stressed, plus they might be forced to defecate in the hive. 24 hours is more than enough. Personally I simply do it overnight.

The Productive Garden says:

Great video. I am glad this worked for you. I will keep it in mind.

LDSPrepper says:

Great recommendation. I can see that working. I do have a screen bottom board so there was plenty of ventilation when I did this. But I see how your suggestion would be simpler and easier. Thank you.

auroraglacialis says:

We learned from our master beekeeper this trick: In the evening when all bees are in, move the hive to a new location. No need to close it. Then make sure that there will be some vibration and rocking (not too much or you may destroy combs). Then put the branches in front and the next morning they reorient. This simulates the home of the bees in a dead tree toppling, so the tree moves or falls and the hive changes location. Dont close the hive, they need to be able to ventilate air.

Joshua Hankins says:

Really no need for the 24 hours or the 3 days the branch will do the job. All your doing is making them stop and reorientate by the branch being there.

Calvin King says:

If you have a three day+ rain, you will notice that on the first clear day there will be thousands of bees making an orientation flight. It is impressive.

Calvin King says:

You were right once the bees have been locked in the hive for three days you do not need to put a branch in front. You put the branch in front when you can not or do not close them in for three days. The three days is the length of their memory.

LDSPrepper says:

You don’t need to close them for three days. 24 hours is fine if you either turn the hive entrance a different direction or put an obsticul in front of it like a tree branch as shown in this video. If you are going to close it for 3 days make sure you have a screen bottom board so there is plenty of fresh air flow and you put a wet sponge inside so they have water. Or put some water in a feeder.

Denis kaiyumi says:

Nice video but Im still wondering did you put some kind of screen on the hive? Cause here in Brazil I have about 60 hives but if I close the hive for 3 days they’ll probably die

LDSPrepper says:

LOL. So true. Thanks for commenting.

mugsyjeff says:

Wow, that’s terrific, I learned something new today. However over 4 feet you can move it1 foot at a time, with success. You need to make sure the bees are well ventilated when closing them off for 3 days.cheers

jannassary . says:

but you would need the to change the sun’s direction too silly but that’s just a few comment’s i’ll try it and let you know c ya 🙂

LDSPrepper says:

Sweet! I hope it helps fellow beekeepers in Turkey.

LDSPrepper says:

Yes it does work for queen splitting. That is what I used it for.

jannassary . says:

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Mika Lee says:

Good one, Nice post..

lirg123 says:

you could try using Lemon grass to block their way, it would take sometime for them to eat through them.

hamad maktoum says:

I am very pleased with your great answer
With the current hive, I noticed that there are ants enter and impede the movement of bees, so I tried several ways to prevent ants from reaching the hive and found that the best way is to put the water basin surrounding the legs beehive. I got rid of all crawling insects from crossing into the hive. Thank you

Jason Egan says:

Agreed! Because they are doing well this year they filled up supers with sugar water faster than expected so I had to take off several supers of mixed honey/sugar so they could get robbed and put on new supers – just put on new additional supers yesterday as well. Have a few more to do after they are finished being robbed. Always a challenge, always fun, always learning. Love those bees! I hope we get a lot of honey this year! Thanks and hope you get another extraction!

LDSPrepper says:

Great to hear all went well. I am having a bumper crop of honey this year. I extracted 108 lbs nine days ago. I put the honey supers back on the hives to let the bees clean them up. I checked yesterday and they have completely filled them up again with honey and are already capping it. I added more supers. I’m pretty happy. I’d recommend putting supers on sooner than normal. We are about one month early this year.

Jason Egan says:

Everything seemed to be fine – on of the hives had already been a bit stressed so they produced a lot of drones, but over all good – I turned the other hive around about a week later and didn’t have problems. All 10 hives seem to be doing well – I’m quite a bit further north than you – about an hour north of Dallas – so we don’t extract until mid July.

LDSPrepper says:

Hives only have one queen. You can take half the bees from one hive and put them into another hive to make a new hive. You will also need to take two frames that have eggs or very young larvae so the bees will raise a queen in the new hive. I did this and it worked great.

Jason Egan says:

Went great – was very simple – I did keep them locked in with a screen blocking the entrance overnight – no problems.

LDSPrepper says:

Awesome. Please let us know how this went for you.

Jason Egan says:

I did pretty much the same thing – no branch – I turned the hive entrance so the original faces E and the new one faces W. I also put the old queen in the new hive and the new queen in the old hive. We’ll see how it goes – so far so good though. Rained a lot today so I hope I’ll be able to get in and find that new queen tomorrow.

hamad maktoum says:

I am a very begginer on beekeeping
I found a bee in my yard intering a plastic pocket and i immediatly call a beekeeper, he provided me with a hive and they are now working well .
from your vedios I learned a lot but I like to double the hive with new queen
is this possible? and if yes please give me a small hints to do that.
I am in Saudi Arabia and have a small yard
temperature in there is 24
thanks a lot

LDSPrepper says:

The hive I moved had the original queen. I was thinking the same thing as you. That the bees would stay with the queen. I was wrong. The urge to orient back to the original location was more powerful than the queen’s scent.

LDSPrepper says:

Yes, that is the way to move a hive and how I would have done it before I found this info. I’m glad it worked for you.

texasprepper2 says:

I needed to move a hive about a dozen feet. So… I just moved it a foot or so every day (or whenever I went to the bee yard) till I got it where I needed it to be, and I didn’t seem to have any problems.
But… THIS is good info.
Thanks !

chuckarama451 says:

With in-yard splits, another thing that helps is to take the queen to the new location. You’re right about closing it up for 24 hrs, but having a queen in the new location helps keep more of the bees home too – it has the feel and scent of a healthy functioning hive and they’re less apt to abandon it. Typically I like to introduce a queen to the old hive though. But raw splits are better than none, in Spring.

LDSPrepper says:

Thank you for the correction. I’ll make the appropriate changes.

Bob Redmond says:

Hey there LDSPrepper, nice video, thanks! And PS, the blogger’s name is Rusty; you keep calling her Ray (and she’s a she too). Good luck this season!

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Steve Harpster says:

That was a really good video, thanks

Sheila6325 says:

Your a good steward, and a faithful servant. I learn a lot from you, and your sharing keeps me on track. Very hopeful, and we all need that!
I forgot to tell you, your Bee information really was interesting, but also amazing to see things come out right, and do what you hope for. I found myself cheering for the Bees to “make it” lolol

JoeShmoe65x2 says:

If you don’t mind, how much could one expect to pay for a bee hive with bees? I wouldn’t want them for honey, I just want them for pollination of my garden. Plus it would be nice just to see a bee or two now and again.

Plum369 says:

so does closing up the hive caues problems with them ventilating/temperature controlling their hive?

LDSPrepper says:

I found out that two 2×4’s nailed or screwed together are stronger than one 4×4. So, that is what I used. It looks like a 4×4. I used treated lumber. If you move your hive to a fenced bee yard that would really keep them out of your and your neighbors backyard, if that is where you have them.

LDSPrepper says:

I do. I really do. It doesn’t always happen. 🙂

Bill Rutledge says:

it might be in your junk mail since ei never e,mailed you before but i will try again..

jksatte says:

Thank God for you and other like you. Truly grateful.

oldgeekster1 says:

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? 😉

imasurvivornthriver says:

GREAT INFORMATION! Thanks for sharing.

V5R7N says:

I have three of my hives on cinder six blocks each. I have admired your 4X4 for a year. I would like to do the same here. Maybe even moving my best hive back into the fenced bee yard? Thank you for your time and will to share.

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