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Offline BEE C

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« on: September 11, 2006, 07:03:06 PM »
I have been getting my hives ready for winter slowly, taking off suppers and extracting, reducing entrances to a few inches wide.  The other day I took a super off of my smaller hive, reducing it to two deep brood boxes.  I was going to look farther down, but came across frames of brood in the second box.  I took the super back to let them clean it and found LOTS of bees at the entrance.  Hovering as if they were traffic jammed to get in. I thought it might be robbing, so I took a closer look, but saw no fighting, and A LOT (15) of bees with butts in the air spreading nasanov scent.  LOTS of the bees were bringing in pollen.  I added the extracted super and left them as I have to get to work.  Any ideas about what this all about?

Offline John Quixote

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006, 07:47:51 PM »
If you are removing supers, I have been told that "bearding" (bees hanging around the entrance, looks like a beard on the hive) is a common occurance as the population is driven into a smaller space.
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Offline Michael Bush

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006, 11:16:34 PM »
Any disruption of a hive sets off nasanoving.  It's just the bees response to regroup.
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Offline qa33010

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 12:45:47 AM »
Orientation flights of your latest over-winter bees?

David
Everyone said it couldn't be done. But he with a chuckle replied, "I won't be one to say it is so, until I give it a try."  So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin.  If he had a worry he hid it and he started to sing as he tackled that thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.  (unknown)