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  1. #1
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    Default Bearding early in the morning

    This morning I woke up about 5:30am and just out of curiosity, I went to check on my two hives. Interestingly, one hive had a "beard" of bees actually hanging off the entrance. They weren't really moving at all or flapping their wings. Just clinging to each other. Is this normal? I've only had this hive for a week and I have been feeding it too. There are plenty of empty frames in the brood box. My mentor gave me this swarm he caught in a trap with 4 deep frames. The weather right now says 73 degrees and 100% humidity! (But it is not raining, go figure!) My other hive does not have any bearding. Strange.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Bearding early in the morning

    Bearding is somewhat normal
    A swarm deciding they want to pack up and leave is also somewhat normal
    Did your mentor clip the wing of the queen? If so maybe they were thinking
    of leaving but she was not able to get up and fly
    Was this the entire colony or just a small portion
    a portion I would just associate it to Hanging out on the front porch


    Tommyt

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Bearding early in the morning

    My best hives beard all day long.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Bearding early in the morning

    It definitely was not ALL the bees, but they hang down approximately 3 inches below the entrance. Now that the sun is hitting the hive, there is a lot more activity, although still some bearding. I guess everything is okay. I just had never seen them do that before! :-)

  5. #5
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    Beckville Texas,USA
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    Default Re: Bearding early in the morning

    Trust me.
    Without A/C
    I'd be hanging out on the front porch too
    all night long these days.
    It's that time of the year down here.
    Again.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Bearding early in the morning

    Humidity of 100% you say..... Honey is hygroscopic which means that it absorbs moisture very fast. They may be trying to prevent more moisture from entering the hive so they won't have to work even more to dry the nectar..... OMTCW

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    Default Re: Bearding early in the morning

    My hives that beard, only beard in the shade. There will be a lot of activity ON the porch until the direct sun hits. Then they move back into the hive, or into the air, or start orientation flights. But when the direct sun hits they don't just hang out there anymore. It's funny in the evening when the shade moves from left to right across the hives. This is when they'll come out to beard and they follow the shadow to where the bearding fills in the shadow right to the shade line. The bearding stays out of the direct sun, but follows it across the hive as it leaves.

    Later, John

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Bearding early in the morning

    @JohnV, yes I noticed today that when they started bearding again this afternoon, it was on the shaded side first. Interesting.

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