You can get a feel for a what's going on inside a honey bee hive without ever opening it up: just be observant. How many orientation flights have you witnessed in front of your hives? What does it smell like? How heavy are the boxes when you heft them? Are they defensive at the entrance or mellow? This is one wonderful sight to behold. These hives have been orienting quite a bit lately = this is great!
Tom Davidson is the owner and beekeeper at T's Bees.
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