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I have a question about the bees that hang on the front of the hive on hot days. I saw a video clip where a beek just scraped a bunch of them off and dumped them in front of another hive to boost its population.
Do many people do this, and is it very risky? Thanks, Adrian.
 

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Yeah, I have a top bar hive that clusters out big time in hot humid weather, and I made the mistake of using a bee brush on them just for the heck of it, as soon as I brushed them off they came after me and nailed me on the face, neck and head multiple times. This hive is normally very gentle in case you are wondering, they just didn't appreciate me doing that, I learned something that day!
 

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I think the bees that you see hanging out are field bees. When you give them to another hive they will fly back to the original hive the next day. If you have a hive that is really populated and one that is not just swap places with them.
 
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