Rotating Hive Bodies?

I noticed in 'Beekeeping for Dummies" the author recommends rotating the hive bodies in the spring, as I plan to do. He then suggests rotating them back three or four weeks later.

Do folks do this? And if so what is the reason for doing so?

Ross Thompson's picture

Bees tend to be in the top box by the end of winter, and may or may not go to lower boxes to raise brood when they have filled the top box. Rotating the boxes allows them to move upward as they naturally want to do. So you put the box with the queen and the cluster on bottom, and empty box on top. Rotating back later doesn't seem necessary and we've never done it. Once they get going the queen typically goes wherever there is empty comb to lay eggs in, at least in our experience.