Bees on front of box, early morning?

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  1. TexasnewBee

    TexasnewBee Member

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    The last 3 mornings I have noticed, first thing in the morning, shortly before sunup, a group of bees on the front of the box around the entrance. Temps have been in the upper 50s lower 60s? I have not noticed this, in the my short experience with bees over the last 1-1/2 years. Is this an indicator they do not have enough room? These bees were from a beetree cutout in March.

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  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Lack of room is one possibility. Lack of ventilation is another. Check both.
     

  3. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    texas,
    are the girls foraging? or are they loafing around?
    also, what iddee said.
     
  4. TexasnewBee

    TexasnewBee Member

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    At this time of the morning, they are just thinking about getting started, but yes, during the day they are very busy. Here in North Texas may have a decent flow going right now.
     
  5. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    texas,
    then i would think room and ventilation, and bees will beard out. i zoomed in on your photo and it appears to me there are bees lined up in the bottom deep on the bottom board?
     
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    yep what Iddee said... top entry and top ventilation is much more important than most folks might image.

    I like how you set that up with the railroad ties.
     
  7. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Cold front coming in tomorrow. Most of my hives looked a little like this the past couple of evenings, but I'm not changing to summer lids til this front passes. I have screened bottom boards, they have wings, and my winter insulating lids do have a small gap for ventilation from the top.
     
  8. TexasnewBee

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    Thanks for the comments. I do have a screened bottom board and an inner cover with the slot in it. It has been a few weeks since I have been into this hive. I will go into it again after this expected cold front moves thru and warms back up, to see how full the 2 deeps are. I did look into the med honey super at lunch today and it still has empty foundation on it and maybe a few hundred bees per frame, not many.
     
  9. Barbarian

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    Can you smell anything from the hive ?

    Rarely, I have had bees bearding overnight on the front of a hive during a strong flow. It can be a sign of the bees in the hive working hard to evaporate the nectar into honey. On these occasions there was a distinctive smell from the hive.
     
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    blueblood New Member

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    Barbarian, I actually noted that nectar odor yesterday when peeking in on the supers to see how they were doing...
     
  11. TexasnewBee

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    I haven't noticed a smell. I'll keep a nose out for that when I take a peek next time. Today has been in the 40s and 20-30 mph winds. No bees were hangin around outside this morning for sure.
     
  12. tecumseh

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    a snip..
    I have screened bottom boards

    tecumseh...
    I see the same thing on screened bottom boards at the lab which have screened bottom board. I think the wind is creating the need for the bees to cluster at the bottom of the box to protect any brood there <all a theory for certain but I see non of this on my own hive at home which all have solid bottom boards.
     
  13. TexasnewBee

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    Ok thanks Tec, I will keep that in mind while I'm doing my head scratchin'.