I'm posting this twice, I can't even find my old question.
I have 2 hives in the picture, the one on the left is a vacant topbar I put together a couple weeks ago in case I run into a swarm.
the one I'm concerned about is on the right. I'm saving coffee cans(bulk food cans, really) for the legs, to make an ant trap - just don't have enough yet.
The queen excluder is sideways; I read somewhere on someone's association enews that the queen usually sticks to the core of the hive, and to help the bees get used to the excluder turning it sideways gives them free access at the ends of the frames.
the honey super was made active last week by removing the syrup feeder and adding foundation-less frames with 3/4 starters cut from wax foundation.
(the 1/4" gap at the bottom of the honey super was a carpentry mistake - I didn't glue a 1/4'' strip in to see if the girls wanted it for an alternate entrance)
My question is this: the girls hanging out on the left side of the porch are like that pretty much all the time, full sun, cloudy - like it is in the pic.- or otherwise. I know that what they are doing there is called 'washboarding' but - what doest it mean? are they about to swarm? not enough work to do? - what does it mean?