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The bee hives have been quietly sitting out the winter.
It’s not been particularly cold until the last two weeks or so.
Sustaining warmth in the hive is essential to the health of the colony. This means it’s also important to respect the hive and not open it risking the release of precious heat.
So how’s a beekeeper to know how the girls are doing?
With a stethoscope of course.
The resident chef ably demonstrates.
A sharp tap on the side of the hive can generate a reassuring hum. More angry buzzing can be an indication that the composition of the hive residents is missing a queen for example. Worse still virtually no sound can indicate a problem.
Thankfully this hive sounds good and healthy where some others haven’t in the last few weeks.
Meanwhile in the distance the local deer entertained with some great running and jumping.
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