Iddee and Tecumseh, you'll recall that you had given me that great idea to put robber screens on my hives to give the colonies a feeling of security and perhaps to obviate and future attacks on my chickens. I've been waiting for the perfect day to put the robber screens on. . .one where all the bees go to bed inside and no one sleeps on the porch. Well, of course in 90 degree temps, this ain't happening, so this morning at 5:30 am, before the girls were flying, I decided to smoke them back into their hives and put the robber screens on. 4 were easy since all the girls were inside already, but my two big hives had bees on the porch shoulder to shoulder and one of the hives even had them hanging off! I smoked them both good, but gently because I didn't want them to fall off! Then I left them to walk into their hives. They were most cooperative but for about 10 or 15. I finally accomplished getting the screens on all 6 of them and then proceeded to remove the West beetle traps to open up the SBB for more ventilation. It's been a hot day, but now, instead of just the large hives having bees outside, every hive has girls just piled up on the outside of the screen! Feeling almost like a newbee, I'm worrying they don't remember how to get back in, but what I've been taught tells me they would have oriented to the new entrance/exit, know exactly where to go and just don't want to because it's so hot out! My plan is to wait until tomorrow morning and check status and if they're still piled up as bad as they are now, remove the robber screens. I hate to do that; I like the theory that they feel safer with a robber screen. Please let me have your input as to what you think is going on. By the way, chickens and bees have gotten along just fine since the "conflagration." But I'll still feel more comfortable with the robber screens. Please let me know if I screwed up somewhere.