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Hello, I'm new to the forum and new to bee keeping. I have a question I need an answer to. I have purchased two hives with bees. The bees seem to clump up at the entrance to one of the hives while the other hive just has bees going in and out. What causes the mass of bees to hang at the entrance to one of the hives. Thanks All
 

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Welcome to Beesource from the other end of Tennessee!


Bees may be gathering on the outside of the hive because the foragers have nothing to do, and staying outside means their body heat does not unnecessarily heat the inside of the hive. As to just one hive exhibiting this behavior, what are the conditions inside the respective hives? Do they have an equal amount of drawn comb / brood / stores?
 

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Welcome to Beesource Turfa! I checked your neck of the woods, and it looks like you're in the mid 80s with 50+% humidity. I'd bet the previous post is spot on. Does it look sort of like this? This picture is not from today, and the hive shown is much worse today. We're over 90 degrees today with high humidity. Bearding2.jpg
 
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