Bearding?

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Deb_Case
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Bearding?

Postby Deb_Case » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:53 pm

This is a second year top bar hive that is doing great! They have filled it up (I know because the it has a screen bottom)!
I'm worried because the past month in Texas heat and rain the bees continue to hang out on the outside of the hive! Day and night. See pic. I'm apprehensive about looking inside to see what is going on or to relieve them of some honey and give them more room because there are so very many bees on the outside and the bottom. Usually when you open a top bar hive only a few bees can get out at a time but there are already thousands on the outside. I need to do a split for sure (second empty hive behind the first). I was hoping they would just move in there - I know of course that they don't do that. But what do you think they are up to?
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Michael Bush
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Re: Bearding?

Postby Michael Bush » Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:52 pm

Yes. Bearding.
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