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Offline zzen01

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OK got a question...
« on: August 07, 2010, 09:15:23 PM »
What does mean when there are HUNDREDS of Bees hanging out on the entrance. It been REALLY hot here that last 2 or 3 days.

Offline wildbeekeeper

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Re: OK got a question...
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 09:33:11 PM »
they are bearding... when it gets too hot in the hive, they will bunch up on the outside of the hive to help cool the hive down a little....mine are doing it here in PA almost every night until it cools down

Offline AliciaH

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Re: OK got a question...
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2010, 10:44:56 PM »
zzen01, you may be already doing this, but are you venting your hive?  It helps dissipate the heat.

Offline Michael Bush

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Re: OK got a question...
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2010, 11:08:00 PM »
It means it's not REALLY hot or there would be tens of thousands...

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