One hive acting weird

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by crackerbee, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. crackerbee

    crackerbee New Member

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    Yesterday I went to check on the bees,and noticed one hive doing something I haven't seen yet(at least not this many bees).In front of the porch there must have been 500 bees just hovering about a foot from the entrance,also there was a lot of bees circling the hives,I didn't notice any fighting going on at the entrance,they were all just hovering there.This was about 5:30 pm and I've seen increased activity at this time mainly "play flights" and drones,but never this many bees.This is not the hive I posted a thread last week that the one lone queen cell but the one next to it.This morning at 10 am when I checked them,it was business as usual and all hives looked normal(if there is such a thing in beekeeping).Could this be caused by the heat?Because we broke records all over the state yesterday or could it possibly be some other reason.

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  2. indypartridge

    indypartridge New Member

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    Sounds like normal afternoon orientation flights. You should see them nearly every day about the same time. As the colony grows, the queen will be increasing her output, laying 1000-1500 eggs per day. That'll translate to 1000-1500 new bees taking daily orientation flights.
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Ditto.... Maybe even up to 2000 or more.
     
  4. crackerbee

    crackerbee New Member

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    That make sense because the hive was a 4 frame split started April 30th,and when I looked in on them last week there was a lot of capped brood.

    I just went to check them again,and now the one that was busy yesterday is back to normal and now the 2 hives next to it are busy with a lot of bees flying in front and in back of both hives.

    From what you're telling me is I must be doing something right :mrgreen: .
     
  5. PerryBee

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    Anybody who started just a few months ago (give or take) and has helped with a trap-out, a bee tree cut-out, and ends up with 5 hives sounds like someone who is doing something right :mrgreen: :thumbsup: