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  1. #1
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    Campbell County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Bees congregating under SBB any ides why?

    Have installed two Nucs this week into 10 frame hives. After 5 days i have noticed around a dozen congregating under the SBB near the center. Has anyone observed this before?

  2. #2
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    Taylor County, Georgia, USA
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    Default Re: Bees congregating under SBB any ides why?

    I usually have them do that when I hive a swarm. Not all of the bees get in the hive. The stragglers congregate under the bottom board until they find their way in.

    I wouldn't loose any sleep over it. They'll figure it out soon enough.
    Try it. What could happen?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Bees congregating under SBB any ides why?

    That's why I don't use SBB if I can help it. The scent from the hive is stronger there so the bees hang out there because they can't find the entrance.
    You're lucky, I've heard of thousands hanging under the SBB before.

  4. #4
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    Billerica, MA
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    Default Re: Bees congregating under SBB any ides why?

    I have thousands hanging under one now. It's a very strong hive though,and we've been 90+ for three days or so. I was checking for supering this morning and they had no where near that amount of bees off the porch. They did need a super though.

  5. #5
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    Jun 2013
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    Smiths Creek, Michigan, USA
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    Default Re: Bees congregating under SBB any ides why?

    I installed 4 pkgs on Friday and today noticed a grapefruit sized cluster under the SBB on one of the four hives. I'm relieved to find this thread because I was starting to wonder if they were about to abscond! anything I can do to help them find their way in? These are my first hives, would appreciate any insight!

  6. #6
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    Mar 2013
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    Oxford, Maine
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    Default Re: Bees congregating under SBB any ides why?

    Installed two packages a week ago and after a few days the temps hit 90 so i removed the tray under the screen for
    better ventilaltion. They were starting to beard
    There are a few hanging under there but most of them learned which entrance to use the 1st few days.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2012
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    Bell County, KY, USA
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    Default Re: Bees congregating under SBB any ides why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    That's why I don't use SBB if I can help it. The scent from the hive is stronger there so the bees hang out there because they can't find the entrance.
    You're lucky, I've heard of thousands hanging under the SBB before.
    +1

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