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We got our first honey yesterday off of a couple of hives. We also put apigar mite treatment in afterwards. The bees now act like they want to swarm. For two days now they cover the face of hive and form a small beard underneath. Could it be from lack of space now that the honey supers are gone? There were two on this hive. Thanks for any comments and I am in WV.
 

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Bearding is normal in the summer. Yes, they have less space and the hive is heating up so they go outside to keep the temperature stable for the larvae. It does not mean they will swarm. Check for swarm cells. If the flow is still on, add some space and maybe open up the brood nest a bit.
 

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I use ApiLife Var which is a thymol based treatment. For a few days after treatment, the bees mass on the front of the hive.
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Any reason not to put honey supers back on? Foragers will still be bringing in pollen/nectar and they now have nowhere to put it if the brood box is full so they may be backfilling the brood box. Just a thought.
 
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