I am a completely new beekeeper! I got 2 hives on Sunday 5/2. The nucs were 5 frames and bees with a queen. I have them set up in cypress unpainted hives.
I set both hives around noon sunday. The hive I am wonderign about is set in an east/northeast facing direction on the south side of the yard. It gets morning light and is shaded by trees to the west during the later afternoon and evening. The weather is sunny and mild high Mondya was 70 with a high of 75 predicted for today. We are epecting rain and overcast Wednesday thru Friday.
I have the hive set on 2 cinder blocks and the screened bottom board is open (mite board is out) to allow for adequate ventillation. I placed one deep super (hive body) on top of the screened bottom board and placed 5 frames with foundation on the outside of the box. I then transferred the 5 frames from the nuc into the center portion of the hive in the same orientation they were in the nuc. I placed the inner cover over the lower hive body and placed an inverted maason jar with sugar syrup in a second deep super (empty - no frames) and then the outer telescoping cover on top.
Monday, I called aroudn noon and my friend checked the hive and mentioned a large number of the bees were clustered on the front (outside) of the box on the wood. I asked her to make sure the mite board was out all the way to allow for adequate ventillation and she pulled it completley out.
I called this morning at 8 am and many of the bees were again clustered on the outside of the hive. I am concerned that they are overcrowded and/or not getting enough ventillation inside the hive. Should I remove a frame and spread out the frames in the lower hive body? Or woudl it be best to place frames in the upper hive body and allow them to move up into that one. I did not expect them to need to move up for a week or so - they have only been there for 2-3 days?!?
I understand that bearding usually does not happen this early in the season and I want to discourage the desire for them to possibly swarm if the hive is not set up correctly.
Any input would be gladly and greatly appreciated!