I just recently started keeping bees, so I am still learning their behavior. I'm in construction, so when I got chance to cut out some bees I jumped at the oppurtunity. Wow, what a nightmare! The house was an older house that had been remodeled twice. After cutting through two roofs, an exterior, and interior wall, I got my bees.
The comb that I removed occupied a space roughly 28" x 40" x 6". I put most of their brood on frames and some of their honey. I have them in two 10 frame deep boxes. I put the rest of their honey in a bucket in front of their hive.
My question is this... I caught them yesterday and put them in the boxes last night. This morning when I checked on them there were several bees congregating on the front of the box. Tonight I vacuumed up the remaining bees. When I returned to the hive there was even more bees on the front of the box. Do they have enough room? I have 20 hours invested in these bees and I don't want to lose them. Is this normal behavior?
Sorry for the lengthy post, but I wanted to provide all the information. Thanks, Brad