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i have a HTBH w/ an observation window

i took out the double feeder yesterday night...the days have been sunny and warm and there are trees blooming everywhere...cherry, plum...etc

i've read that listening to your bees is a great way to tell if they're happy or not...well my bees don't seem to be making much noise
lots of activity around the entrance....and inside they are just huddled around inside by the side of the hive in a "beard"

when i look inside i do see bees on the top bars and propolis at the entrance....

basically: is no sound from the hive a good sign? well, not no sound...but not much...low hum?
 

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If this is a group of newly hived bees, most likely, that "beard" is actually festooning. Thats how bees buid comb.


Festoon: A unique cluster of bees that link themselves together by their tarsi (feet) in a loose network between combs in a hive. Normally, these are aggregates of wax-producing bees. Photo by Rob Hercules








Photo from the Beesource Glossary.
 

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:p :)

well my bees are still there. i want to make sure i just know if they're happy and not bustin a move to leave
they're not aggressive at all and i'm able to walk freely near the hive and watch the entrance at any time of the day and not be bomb-dived

also, i see "festooning" but not so much like the pic above...it's more "cluster" than anything and i'm assuming since the cluster is near the entrance they are making brood nest/comb and therefore i'm just worrying about nothing...but i did and do expect to hear more "buzz" or should?

i took a snap inside yesterday when i pulled out the sugar/water feeder (it wasn't being used) sorry the pic is blurred...


and the entrance:
 

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They're happy!

I recognize a Bee Thinking hive. Your photos look just like mine. My first package is on day 9. I've looked in mine, and I can tell you that under all of those bees you will find beautiful drawn comb. After bout a week I lifted each bar a bit to make sure they were straight. I found one that was curved into the one next to it so I fixed it.

I was able to gently brush bees aside with bare fingers with the bees barely noticing. They are comb-building machines right now!

We're enjoying our bees... :)

Cheers,
Tom
 

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They're happy!

I recognize a Bee Thinking hive. Your photos look just like mine. My first package is on day 9. I've looked in mine, and I can tell you that under all of those bees you will find beautiful drawn comb. After bout a week I lifted each bar a bit to make sure they were straight. I found one that was curved into the one next to it so I fixed it.

I was able to gently brush bees aside with bare fingers with the bees barely noticing. They are comb-building machines right now!

We're enjoying our bees... :)

Cheers,
Tom
ha! yeah a great hive from beethinking ;) i think next year i wanna try a Warre from them. we'll see though. let's just keep it simple for now.

anyways, thanks tom and others for your assurance and response.

i'm trying to minimize how often i go in the hive (just once since i packaged them to remove the feeder)

and yes tom, i feel as if my bees were not bothered at all by my presence when i opened the hives to grab the feeder....i had my veil and gloves on but didn't need it at all.
 

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well
my girls are just as beautiful as can bee.
i'm a happy newbee for sure. all seems to be going well ...they're sticking around.

i'm getting some lavender, lilac and thyme and some more flowers this friday and will plant over the weekend. right now the cherry trees are looking gorgeous and the crab apple tree bloomed this morning!...or at least parts of it....
 

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well
my panic was for naught.

things look great in the hive. upon further inspection last night from the window i discovered some good looking comb...empty and pure white for now...i suspect behind it toward the entrance there is brood comb.

pics later.

thanks again all
 

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You have to take your veil off and look them square in the eye. If they are smiling they are happy. Anything else is just normal
it appears all they're doing is smiling. it seems they're content in their house.
 
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