Hello all, I've been keeping bees for 4 years and always considered that bearding was normal and nothing to worry about. But I got to wondering lately what I can do so those bees stay in the hive working and productive and not hanging outside where they have nothing to contribute. Do they leave the hive to allow better airflow when it's hot? Are there simply far more nurse bee numbers than required to tend to the brood? Does anybody else believe with good cause that massive bearding can and should be mitigated to get the most out of the colony's population?