Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Weather

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rochester, Washington, USA
    Posts
    973

    Question

    I've noticed that in the evening the bees tend to gather outside the entrance of the hive (it's been hot and dry up here for a bit), are they just "chilling" or is something wrong?? Also all my hives, useally calm, have gotten aggresive , is it the weather?? Or something else??

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    lewisberry, Pa, usa
    Posts
    6,080

    Post

    In times of low or no nectar production, this called a dearth, bees are naturally more aggresiive and on the defensive against robbers, etc. Just that time of year.
    All assuming your bees are not being agitated by skunks, etc.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rochester, Washington, USA
    Posts
    973

    Post

    No skunks the hives are in a fenced enclorsure. You may have hit the nail on the head. With the dry conditions and few flowers blooming at this time.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Neodesha, Ks
    Posts
    617

    Post

    Generally speaking the gathering on the outside of the hive is caused by the interior of the hive being to hot. Increase the ventilation and it will probably stop.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    crown point, NY, USA
    Posts
    971

    Post

    Congestion can also cause bees to gather on the outside of the hive. Often can go hand in hand with ventilation.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    southern Vermont
    Posts
    14

    Post

    We had a spell of hot humid weather about a week ago and I had clustered bees (several bees deep) buliding up on the outside of a hive. I gave them more ventilation. They swarmed.

    Now the weather is warm again. Some of the bees in this same hive are out front, but they are "washboarding" and not clinging in great masses.

    For what it's worth.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rochester, Washington, USA
    Posts
    973

    Post

    And I was afraid I had MAD BEE DESEASE or something like that.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads