Re: Odd behavior-- bees clustered on windows
It's that simple.
Originally Posted by JWChesnut
Re the extra brood, when a hive has been queenless for a while, possibly been through drone laying etc, then finally you get a queen into them. All the bees are now quite old. They realise this, and pump out a lot more brood at first if they still can, to get the population stabilised. This will even happen winter or especially happen winter, in relation to the other hives.
Re the agro, they didn't sound THAT agro many hive can be like that on a bad day. Sounds like you are used to some pretty docile bees and are also in an environment with good nectar flows which keeps them happy. A hive that has been queenless a long time has a lot of old bees and will be more aggressive till the population is balanced back to more young bees. It's possible next time you work the hive it will be same as the others. But having said all that, it might turn out to be an angry one, in which case requeen before it infects all the others with it's genetics.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).