Fanning? or getting ready to swarm?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by volt, May 23, 2013.

  1. volt

    volt New Member

    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I was outside a few minutes ago (11pm) shined my flashlight on the bee hive and there are a bunch of bees on the landing board. Maybe 40-50??? It looked like they were fanning but not sure it was hot enough for that? They were making a nice buzzing sound. Not flying around. Saw some flapping their wings. Any help? thoughts?
     
  2. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

    Messages:
    3,276
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    What was the temp.? Jack
     

  3. volt

    volt New Member

    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    70 right now? It was in the 80s today. It's certainly warm in the upstairs of my house.
     
  4. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

    Messages:
    1,249
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Were they standing facing toward the hive opening with their little butts up in the air while fanning their wings?
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

    Messages:
    5,162
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I would say it is also hot in the upstairs of their house too. Bees will fan at the entrance to get air moving through the hive to help regulate the temperature inside. You have to remember that a bee hive is also an incubator for thousands of babies and the temps must be maintained at around 90 deg. F and the humidity levels around 40%.