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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011
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    Seattle, WA
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    Default Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    I'm new to Warre, having only had horizontal top bar previously. I'm puzzled by a difference in behavior between my Warre and my TBHs. While there are almost no bees on the outside of the TBHs, the Warre (which is right next to them) always has a baseball-size cluster of bees filling up the entrance and landing board. Even at night and during cool weather.

    Is this typical for a Warre (or just any hive with a landing board)?

  2. #2
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    Bay City, MI 48706
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    Default Re: Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpm View Post
    I'm new to Warre, having only had horizontal top bar previously. I'm puzzled by a difference in behavior between my Warre and my TBHs. While there are almost no bees on the outside of the TBHs, the Warre (which is right next to them) always has a baseball-size cluster of bees filling up the entrance and landing board. Even at night and during cool weather.

    Is this typical for a Warre (or just any hive with a landing board)?
    How big is your Warre hive? It could be that they just nead more room.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    Currently 2 boxes. I just transferred the colony from a nuc; the top box is full of comb, and the bottom box has 3. Considering there are still 5 empty bars in the bottom box I thought they still had enough room.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2012
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    Springfield, MO, USA
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    Default Re: Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    There can be a lot of reasons for a small cluster. Aside from that, many of us add another box to the bottom when the comb reaches halfway down.

    Adding a box to the bottom is called nadiring.

    Once the colony decides it's going to leave or split, it's not easy to change their minds.

    What are your plans for adding more boxes, anyway? Seems like a lot of flow left. It's best to give them plenty of room.

    Are the three combs in the bottom full height yet?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    This Warre was populated by transfer from a topbar nuc. I cut down the combs a bit to make them fit. So they are all full height comb.

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