My package is about 2 months old with 9-10 full bars worth covered in bees, mostly brood (seems like a ton of bees to me already!). I built a shingled roof on my TBH and since it's so heavy (asphalt shingles were way heavier than I thought) I hinged it.
Funny thing is every time I open the lid about 30 bees come out instantly and float back and fourth pointed at the front side of the lid as if they're re orienting. As soon as I start to close the lid again the follow it downward and then the second it's closed they're back in the hive.
Any one experience this? Is this defensive behavior or just really proactive reorienting to a change? When I inspect more bees will be looking at the entrance than at me, in fact so far they don't seem to notice that i'm inspecting.