I have a general question about this. It is my first year raising my own bees. I started this hive late, the first week in June. I have feed them sugar water all summer in hopes of a strong hive before winter. I live in Northern Kentucky area, winters can be quite cold. It has been very hot and dry the past few weeks. I have been seeing a lot of bees on the front of the hive in the mornings and in the evenings. I think this is normal, but not sure. I do have the top cover opened about an 1/8 of an inch to allow a little air to flow under the cover because it has been so hot.
Is it normal to see the bees covering the front of the hive like this ?
Or am I getting into trouble here ?
Here are my pictures.
Thanks to all you seasoned bee keepers out there.
The 1st picture is this morning. The 2nd is last night.