I need to move my hive about two metres (6 feet for the rest of you!) within my yard. I’ve read all about moving the hive and how to handle this in terms of helping the bees reorient etc, and I intended to block up the entrance and move them at night. However, this evening when I went to block the hive entrance and prepare to shift the hive, there are still a large number of bees on the front of the hive. I think it’s due to overcrowding rather than bearding, as we’ve had an incredibly warm Autumn in Sydney and lots of things have continued to flower, so the bees have been busy. With winter coming though, I’m reluctant to add another box, as their numbers are sure to decrease in the coming months.
So, my question is this: can I move the hive with the bees still on the front at night (without blocking the entrance) or do I risk them going completely ballistic and/or getting disoriented?
Thoughts? Thanks is much in advance!