Looks to me like you did a beautiful job! Give it a couple of months, and the weather will fade it all to within tolerance.
It is when bees spill out onto the landing board and front of the hive after you have opened the boxes and disturbed them. No matter how gentle I try to be, they seem to do it, but they do it more in hot weather, and much more in hives with no slatted racks. They stay out for a couple of hours, and once they have gathered their composure and cooled off, they go back in, no harm done.
Slatted racks were designed by people like C C Miller (famous beekeeper) many years ago.
They increase the space under the brood box, but above the bottom board. They achieve many things. One is to encourage the queen to lay all the way to bottom of the lowest frames. Another is to improve ventilation and “hang out” space for bees on hot days. They seem to reduce hive congestion and make for happier hives in my hands. They are easy to find in the US, and hard in Australia, although you can get plans to build one, if you are handy with wood.
Well done @Ropate on fitting your salted rat @Dawn_SD .
I’m a Virgo myself and feel your pain, suggest having the overhang at the rear, due to the slope of bottom board, this will stop rain settling along that ridge.
I checked the hive last week and they are still drawing out new comb on wax frames so there’s plenty of space in the hive, they just seem to do this at night… They are also pretty edgy when they are doing this, I got stung just going out and inspecting (because I got to close and probably because my fingers seem like a threat close to the enterance😅)
It’s not really that hot at the moment, and this seems to happen only at night. Does anyone have any ideas of what’s happening??
You probably used a white light at the entrance instead of a red light which bees can’t see. The white light will make the bees very defensive. The largest number of bees in the hive is at night when all the forager bees are in the hive for the night. So that wax producing bees can do their thing in making comb some bees will hang about out of the hive, that is very normal in a strong hive, so it is a good sign.
I notice your galvinized lid is not painted Ollie. I’ve found painting it white and even putting some insulation in can dramatically reduce bearding. I’ve not had large bearding on my colonies since doing this. I used to want a slatted rack however I don’t feel it’s necessary now.