Ok- it’s time to move my ten frame Nuc box stack hive into my long hive. I have several options and can’t work out what to do. Currently the plan is to move the colony around two meters to the left.
Here is the Nuc stack hive:
Here you can see the base for the long hive in relation to the Nuc:
Option 1) By far the easiest way to go about it would be to transfer the frames one by one across to the new hive. But from what I have read that will be bad for the foragers- even so short a distance in one step will cause too much confusion and bee loss?
Option 2) So the next option would be to move the Nuc hive onto that stand in the evening- with the entrance right where it will be in the long hive… place a bushy branch in front of the entrance and wait 2/3 days - then move the Nuc to the side- get the long hive in place and transfer the frames quickly?
Other options are to have the new hive further away- maybe 30 feet or more.
Any thoughts or advice? Could I just do option 1 or is it too risky? How would you go about it?