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Hey yall, I went to check the hives today and one hive was stacking on the front of the box quite a bit. I have one brood box and one honey box(I use brood boxes for super because I'm still young and dumb enough to pick them up.) I looked and there were no swarm cells or supercedures. There are atleast 3 empty frames on top and none of the frames are completely capped. No pests in or around the hive and i haven't had excessive mites. And the temperature was around 67 deg.
I can't figure a reason for the stacking. Any ideas?
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Robert
 

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The most common term is "bearding". My guess without knowing what is on the frames for bee numbers is that they may be getting a bit crowded. We dont know whether they are young colonies or fully established. Splits I made this year are on your equivalent comb area but overwinter are occupying a fair bit more volume than that and still bearding a fair bit. I have destroyed cells a few times on them.

Someone familiar with your area will have a better feel for what you need in the way of supers.
 
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