Hi everyone. We received our nuc on Saturday, and the bees moved in just fine. However, we realized that even though the hive was getting plenty of sunlight, the entrance was facing the wrong way, and so the bees weren’t really “waking up” until around 10:30 AM.
So, my wife and I made a possibly-foolish decision. In the middle of the night, when the bees were sleeping, we rotated the hive 180 degrees, so that the entrance now faces the morning sunlight.
I thought this would be okay, after reading about the “no more than 2 feet” rule in several places online. But now I think it’s actually the worst thing we could have done! The bees have no trouble finding the hive, but they’re all clustering around the “old” entrance, with no way to get in.
Will they figure it out? Have I made a horrible mistake? Should we rotate it back during the night, or will that just make things worse?
In the meantime, I read up on getting bees to re-orientate. I put some bushes and leaves around the entrance, but I can’t tell yet whether this is working (and I’m getting very nervous).