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Hive Check

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.



8 comments on “Hive Check

  1. FionaGrowsFood
    February 10, 2015

    I’d absolutely love to get a beehive! Didn’t realise the bees survived in there over winter, you learn something new every day

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  2. Pekebun
    February 10, 2015

    Stethoscope! Learned something new 🙂 will try that today. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      February 10, 2015

      It’s great for listening to the queens too. Here they call it tooting and quacking when two queens emerge and seek each other out.

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  3. Benjamin
    February 10, 2015

    Perhaps time to knit some teeny-tiny scarves for your little friends 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Julia Davis-Coombs
    February 10, 2015

    Our bees (Swansea) have been out this weekend, enjoying the sunshine for some cleansing flights. But the nights have been the coldest of the winter so far, with heavy frosts every morning, so we have to hope that they re-formed their clusters properly when they got back inside.

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  5. Rambling Woods
    February 11, 2015

    Good news Liz!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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