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New hive last summer, wintered nicely. When I last inspected 3 weeks ago they were just starting to draw in second box (top). It's been hot, even for NC -- upper 80s, low 90s. For the past 48 hours I have had a few hundred bees hanging out on the front of the hive and at the lower entrance -- less in the early a.m., but some even in the relatively cooler temperatures (70s). I am trying to hold out before I don the gear for a full inspection, as we are supposed to be seasonably cooler by the weekend. Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon in this unusually hot weather? It's not robbing -- they seem happy and calm. Thanks for your opinion --

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just a guess,but I think its just the heat. My hives havent bearded but have had more than normal hanging out and the entrance. As long as no swarm cells on the bottom of the frames, I would think everything is good. Peace Dave
 

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Thanks for the reassurance. This was a very small hive going into winter (five to six frames only. Due to a laying worker I had to practically start over in late July with only one purchased frame of brood, a new queen, and some elderly workers. Although they have done well with winter feeding, I can't believe they have expanded so much in the last month that swarming is eminent. I will put on the jacket and veil, and go in with smoke this weekend to take a good look. May be time to add my first honey super if all looks well, as they appear to be looking for something to do!

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Same thing happening in my neck of the woods. But upon inspection today things are looking good. I was afraid when I first saw the bearding so early...
 
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