I’ll be picking up a rescued hive on Sunday and wanting opinions/advice on locating it. Its a relatively small courtyard, and i was originally going to place it on one of the upper verandahs but this gets a considerable amount of wind. And i’m not so keen on trekking through the house with all the bee gear to inspect one after the other.
The 2 options here are:
in the middle of our side garden, facing the same direction (to the wall) so the bees are kept out of high traffic areas.
rotate existing hive 90 degrees to face to the back and place the second hive right next to it. I’ve seen advice for and against having hives only a few inches apart, so appreciate your thoughts. The 2 hives will have different coloured hive fronts and lids.
I prefer the second, because it would be much easier come inspection time.