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We are fairly new to bee keeping and we have learned a lot through the various posts on this forum.
We are in London, UK, and today, our bees displayed a strange behaviour for this time of the year. They spent the very warm day (we are having 3 days of heatwave in the U.K.) to kick-out the drone from the hive.
They seem to go up to 4 bees at a time to remove the drones, prevent them to enter the hive and bring them to the hedges of the landing platform.
Some drones have tried to push their way in but the bees don’t give up and carry one pushing them away.
At the end of the day, we can see some cluster of drone on the external wall of the hive and a huge cluster of them u see the platform. I will try to post some pictures.
I have read this behaviour is normal in Autumn and also that if this behaviour occurs in late summer, this could mean that the bees feels they have low stock of honey.
Should we be worried?
We also read that it could mean something is wrong in the hive.
So here are the questions:
1/ is this behaviour normal at this time of the year (25th August)?
2/ should we be worried about the health of the hive?
3/ Could our bees struggle to survive the winter of this is a sign they do not have enough honey stored?
Perhaps one last question not so related.we placed our super in mid-July/ 3rd week of July. We have seen one or two bees through the windows of the super box but so far, no honey whatsoever
- is that normal?
Sorry for the many questions, any reply will be appreciated