We have to remember that bees navigate with the sun, and the map of things in their mind. So, when moving bee hives around, be careful not to move them too far. I am talking like about eight feet in the same apiary. Why am I saying this? Next time you move a hive about three to four feet stop and look. Look at the bees for a little while, and you will quickly realize that they have become disoriented.
Think, if they became disoriented and can’t seem to notice the hive just four feet away. How much bees can be potentially lost by moving the hive to the other side of the apiary? We can surmise that they will find their way. But put it to the test and watch them. Watch them as they land where the box/s once were, and fly around in the air above. See what they do when they realize the hive is no longer there? Then decide for yourself. If you must move a hive do it after sunset.
Now when looking for the queen, if you can’t find her don’t get frustrated yet. This is what you do, take out a few frames and look in a few open cells. Now look carefully. If you see little eggs sticking up from the bottom of those cells, she is in there somewhere. She laid those eggs on that very same day; therefor, unless you just lost the queen that day she is in there somewhere.
Check the bottom of the frames, in the corner of the frames, or she might be under some wax and if you come back or wait you will see her. If you are new to the business, make sure you know what she looks like. On the eggs, if they are sticking straight up they are new; laying down two days old; the ones that are laying down, semi-curved, and hatched are on day three; and, day four is fully curved and growing.
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