Sunday, May 23, 2010
Capped swarm cells usually means the bees have swarmed. Make sure you can get a queen before the capped cells are squashed.
It is normal to see the bees hanging outside the hive on a hot day.
Strong colonies should have there entrance reducer out and the drawer out of any screen bottom boards.
Grass in front of the hive needs to be cut short to keep the ventilation of the hive open for fanning by the bees. A rubber welcome mat in front of the colony helps keep the grass down. A lighter color is preferable to black.