I took a look at the hive and got a bit of a fright that they were swarming (on foot?). That clump hanging off of the landing ledge…?
But then I looked at the other hive:How similar is that!!? My theory is that it had something to do with the heat and the time of day. In another hour, they were all in the hive for dark.
I was looking forward to going in the hives today, but then there was a sudden (glorious) thunderstorm! Good thing I wasn’t in the hive thing -the catastrophe would be hard to overstate. The storm appeared fast and dropped a quick deluge and a breath of cool air relief, and passed by fast.
The chickens all got dampened, to various degrees. The lightning was still about two km away but the thunder cracked so hard, while I was out feeding the chickens, that the hens all simultaneously started running, flapping, and screaming, but they had nowhere to go to! Very funny. They just reconvened a minute later under the trees and coops when the rain came down.