Saturday Monday, I added a bunch of top bars to Marjorie’s box. Even in the rain, her girls had been coating the outside of the hive, two or three layers of bees thick, and I took this bearding to mean that they were desperate for more room.
Last night, in the rain, they were doing it again. Maybe they just really like it out there, but I find that hard to believe. I don’t like seeing it. What are they trying to tell me?
I think the plan now is to add a single top bar to the front of the hive. That should give them some more room around the brood nest without disrupting things too much. If that doesn’t work, I’m not sure what else to try.