Have you ever put your ear up to the hive?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by vermillion, May 26, 2012.

  1. vermillion

    vermillion New Member

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    I cant be the only one, can I? :roll:

    It started because I heard piping one afternoon and wanted to check again later.

    But then I got hooked....
    In the evenings they boyfriend and I like to sit out by the hives and have ... well yes...happy hour.

    The bees occupy a nice part of the property and it's relaxing to watch them tuck in for the night, and squish the odd hive beetle if we see one.

    Anyway, the things I hear when i press my ear up against the (back of) hive boxes are fascinating! I have screened bottom boards, so I can also hear them wrestling on the screen, and tonight I heard a really loud buzzing ---maybe there is a carpenter bee in there (which happens once in a while).

    Lots of odd crunching and buzzing, and sometimes what sounds like a multibee kerfuffle (for lack of a better word).

    Has anyone else done this?
    And...if you havent, you should! Its really interesting. :wink:

    I have done it during the day but sometimes they run me off (no surprise there)
     
  2. gunsmith

    gunsmith New Member

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    Nope, you ain't the only one.
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    I do it a lot in winter, just to see if they are still "with me". :mrgreen:
     
  4. vermillion

    vermillion New Member

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    Good to know its not just me!!
     
  5. bamabww

    bamabww New Member

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    Yeah especially in the winter time.
     
  6. afterburn001

    afterburn001 New Member

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    I love the sound, very relaxing. I bring a hive in at night an tuck it under my pillow :lol:
     
  7. indypartridge

    indypartridge New Member

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    I have a stethoscope that I use in the dead of winter to check the hives...
     
  8. ibeelearning

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    I confess, I do it, as well. But, what to say to the Sergeant of the Guard Bees when she hovers in front of me and hums, "Hey, big boy, just what the *#%@ do you think your doing?"
     
  9. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    show me a keep that says he hasnt put his ear up to a hive and I will show you a liar:thumbsup::grin:
     
  10. ablanton

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    I tagged along with Iddee to see him evaluate a potential cut-out last weekend, and I couldn't resist putting my ear up to the lady's wall!
     
  11. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    You mean this wall? DSCN0321.JPG DSCN0324.JPG
     
  12. ablanton

    ablanton New Member

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    That's the one! Had my ear right up next to those girls!

    Good to see they took you up on the offer. The lady seemed a little dubious that day.
     
  13. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Guilty as charged...do it quite often. Ef suggested I give a give a knock on the side when it's dark and listen to them rustle. I have not done this yet but plan on doing it soon. I like Indy's idea of using a scope...might have to do the same...
     
  14. vermillion

    vermillion New Member

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    So happy to hear so many "listeners" chiming in.

    hearing virgin queens piping this way is pretty exciting.

    Every once in a while I hear a really loud buzzing, like one bee is having a tantrum or something.

    I wonder what that is all about.......