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  1. #1
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    Default Package install 3 weeks ago_orientaion flight?

    I installed these two packages on march 28. These are my first bees. Is this an orientation flight taking place?

    It appears both new hives are involved. I just want to make sure this is not the beginning of a swarm!

    Thanks for your help.

    Larry

    http://youtu.be/jGdC48Gx5ls

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    Default Re: Package install 3 weeks ago_orientaion flight?

    Yep orintation flights. typical up and down motions

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    Default Re: Package install 3 weeks ago_orientaion flight?

    That activity looks normal. What's with the tarp?
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    Default Re: Package install 3 weeks ago_orientaion flight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    That activity looks normal. What's with the tarp?
    Charlie,

    I'm new and we had temps in the 30's last nite so I thru the canvas tarp over the top of the hives to help keep the new brood from chillin in the frost..

    Thanks for assurance.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Package install 3 weeks ago_orientaion flight?

    Larry,

    You really care for those girls! I would just be careful during the day as the hives can overheat with no airflow. As a fellow South Carolinian I wish you all the best. You're going to have a fun.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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