Hi Lisa, thanks for your comments & sub. The bees will still go back to the eve, even though it is at the other side of the yard. Assuming the queen is in the box with the brood, the foraging bees will return to the eve, because they are oriented to that spot. That’s why I suggested to position the box as close as possible to the eve. The foraging bees will soon find the box entrance. After they get used to the box entrance, then you can lower it down maybe 1/2 a meter at a time per day, until it is on the ground.
You can ditch that feeder if bees are drowning in it & switch to a baggie feeder or none at all if there’s plenty of forage around.
Tim & Peter’s advice would be to take the hive far enough away so that the bees don’t encounter familiar terrain while foraging, which will lead them back to the eve. Let them re-orientate to a new location long enough to forget about the eve so that when you bring them back, they will re-orientate to the hive’s entrance.
It’s all a massive learning curve & what you’re doing is a great way to learn. Learning by experience: There’s no better way to learn.
You’ll need to be able to spot the queen going forward, therefore it wont hurt to get some practice by examining the frame of brood in the box, to see if you can find the queen. First look at lots of images of queens on line to familiarize yourself with them. Then you wont mistake a drone for a queen.