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  1. #1
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    Default Air Thick With Bees

    I have three colonies in two hives, the first colony is 7 weeks old, started from a nuc. I have been adding new bars into the brood nest every week or so and haven't seen any queen cells. But today I look off my balcony and this is what I see.





    I'm a little concerned. It has been three days of rain that just let up a few hours ago. Could they just be flying more as they see it's the only time to get out and get some food? I do feed them, about a quart of 3:2 syrup every day or every other day.

    Video here:



    Should I be concerned about swarming?
    Last edited by Greensasquatch; 06-16-2012 at 05:19 PM. Reason: typo

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Air Thick With Bees

    They're just taking advantage of the weather.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Air Thick With Bees

    maby an observation flight

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Air Thick With Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Greensasquatch View Post
    It has been three days of rain that just let up a few hours ago.
    After more than a night of confinement (in this case, due to the rain), bees will re-orient upon emerging from the hive once they're released (when the rain finally broke). Thus you have all of your foragers taking off & circling a few times in the air at about the same time to "get their bearings" before going about their business.


    Trimman- If you meant to say "orientation" flight, then you're dead-on right

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Air Thick With Bees

    thanks thats what i ment

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