Check out the following beekeeping advice from other beekeepers, such as how to move a bee hive, and great plants for bees. Why not share your own ideas using the form below? Also, there further links to more tips, videos and free information.
If you have a very legitimate reason to move a hive 10 to 30 feet:
You should lose only a very small number of bees. some just reach the end of their lifeline in the nuc overnight.
Ceanothus is a striking ornamental shrub with long blooming flowers that honeybees love. There are dozens of varieties that grow in a very wide range of geographies and climates, primarily in North America. It's a drought resistance species that requires very little maintenance and can be trained into a small tree. I planted two different varieties in my backyard 12 years ago, and the bees take to them for many months out of the year. The bright blue-indigo flowers of the Carmel Ceanothus are covered with many different bee species on sunny days from late February through June most years in Northern California. The honey I get from these bees, which most certainly consists of a lot of ceanothus nectar, is a favorite of honey connoisseurs. For tips on planting see: http://www.easybloom.com/plantlibrary/plant/carmel-ceanothus
I can't recommend Ceanothus strongly enough for the beekeeper looking to beautify their yard with a fast growing shrub.
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceanothus
I heard this saying when I was skydiving years ago. Precision was vital and speed was important. Haste was a deal breaker. Here goes:
“If you want to be fast, go S L O W. If you’re slow, you’re smooth. If you’re smooth, you’re FAST!”
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