I have a situation maybe you can help with. Bees will not go back into the hive and don’t want to leave the hive. Almost all of them are on the outside near the top. Into the second day now.
Tuesday 24th I placed a perfect nucleus hive in its current location. On the 27th, I transferred into the Flow broad box (on the flow legs). Everything seemed perfect.
1st JAN 7AM, I received a message and photo (from land owner). Bees gathered and hanging from the roof of hive like a swarm. Some were on the side of the box too. 26C day. The week before 40’s
A local beekeeper gave advice to shake the bees back into the brood box and add more space; a super. I did this. Real easy.
Bees did not stay inside, they came out through the front door. 20 mins later. It looked like they were bearding while it was only 23C and there was still space inside.
Looking inside the box it was mostly empty. Maybe 30 bees. The 3 new frames were drawn out completely but empty, so it’s not like they have no space.
I also noticed some ants on top of the frames. 10 at the most. Lots of ants on the ground.
YouTube said bearding was normal so I decided to return home thinking the bearding would reduce since I add more space.
I returned to see bees gathered on top of super. Not bearding, but i am new.
I took off the roof, lid and super in one piece without disturbing the bees. I inspected every frame for ants but not one ant. This is were I wish I was more experienced, inspecting frames. I saw open larvae, capped brew and honey/pollen.
I took out 2 frames and shook the bees back into the brood box, replaced the frames. However, the bees did not want to stay in the box. They all few out and into the air above (what a site).
At the same time i added some short term ant solution.
I put the hive back together with QE and super and 20 mins later they all descended back on the front of the hive. (they outdoor bees).
I decided not to do anything else, maybe I’ve done too much.
Second day. Still gathered near the top as close together as possible.
I asked a local beekeeper to inspect the hive for me (I was not there). I am waiting for his call soon with his report. But the land owner said he shook the bees into the bottom box and again the bees flew into the air but 30mins later returned to the front of the hive.
I don’t know what is going on. They don’t want to go inside but don’t want to leave the hive.
There is something in the box they do not like?
Can bees collect and store substance in a hive that makes want to leave?
The frames look clean, nothing ugly or stinky.
I used paint recommended by flow hive. Paint only on the outside.