Bees on Outside of Hive

Bees Bearding

Why are my Bees on the outside of the hive? This is a question we often hear from novice backyard beekeepers. Is something wrong? Do the bees not like their hive?

In fact, it is called bearding and it is a normal, natural bee behavior that indicates a healthy hive and healthy bees. When you know your bees are bearding and not swarming you need to do nothing but let them go about their business.

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