Re: Maybe I'm babying them too much
Bearding is when a whole bunch of them are hanging out on the hive, usually the front, and looks kinda like a ZZ Top beard, thus the name. I have my 3 package colonies open to 50%, they were started the middle of April. With my other 5 open all the way and a commercial guys yard 1/4 mile away (about 30 hives) the only robbing that I am aware of was when I foolishly opened them all the way last month. One of them did get hammered pretty hard, but at 50% no more issues.
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." Thomas Paine