OK, I’m new, so I am actually hoping thesis not that weird, and someone can explain.
Just installed 5 frame nucs in 2 10 frame langstroth hives. Both deeps are new, with Kelley Beekeeping SBB. One deep has 5 frames with yellow waxed cell-rite foundation and one has 5 frames of wired wax foundation. Both have a Mann Lake top feeder (the kind with 2 reservoirs and a screened bee access in the middle.
Installation went fine, except my smoker kept running out of fuel (I know, I really need to practice that evolution). Did one hive, then waited about 30-45 minutes to let them calm down before doing the other – they are right next to each other.
Time was approx 11am to 12:30pm.
What seems strange to me is that from the start, a bunch of bees congregated at the rear of the hive at the slot openings for the screen and the panel in the SBB. At first I thought it was just because of hive odor spilling out there???
However, over the last almost 4 hours, not only has that continued, but the bees are squeezing in at that slotted opening as if they can use this as an entrance. At the same time, there is plenty of activity at the front main entrance, in which I have placed the entrance reducer, as advised. Is that wrong? Should I open the entrance wide?
Any thoughts? Perplexed in central Virginia.