There may be times when beekeepers want to move their beehives to a different location; it is due to many reasons like moving to a new house or having a problem with an animal, or relocating just because it looks better somewhere else or for rearrangement of their space. No matter what the reason is knowing how to relocate beehives is a skill which can come in handy someday. The most important rule for relocating bee hives is that you need to move a beehive fewer than three feet or over three miles.
Overtime bees learn their surrounding area visually and if you move beehive around 3 feet of distance, these bees will fly back to the previous location and will die when left stranded. However, if you move it over three miles – the bees will not recognize any of the surrounding areas. They will learn about their new location. If you move the hive less than three miles – there is a chance that the bees will recognize their old area and attempt to return to their old hive position.
When moving a beehive from one place to another, a few things need to be taken into consideration, reducing stress on the bees and avoiding unpleasant surprises. The best time to move the hives is in winter or during the early afternoon when bees are out. The hives will be lighter and easier to relocate.
Animals like bears destroy several beehives for honey while some of them eat beehives too. Some farmers use beehives as a defense against animals for their crops. Humans also destroy beehives, sometimes for public safety, or preventing bee diseases spreading, or for the consumption of honey and other bee products too. Sometimes government issue orders to burn infected hives.