- Apr 25, 2011
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- South East
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It is a wooden hive with about 6 inches of foam insulation on top (under the roof). I just don't understand why they wouldn't move across the hive, but perhaps they lost the queen earlier in the season. I couldn't find her in the pile of dead. Maybe I just left them too much space to fill. Live and learn, eh?I've only ever starved a colony once and it's a tragic sight when you see all those dead bees with their heads in the cells ... I feel for you.
Did the hive have insulation above the crown board ? Was it a small colony ? I've beaten myself up enough today having lost one of mine so I'm not encouraging you to borrow my hair shirt but is there anything that you could have done to allow them to be more mobile ? I find with my poly hives and insulation above the crownboards that the bees are active on the coldest days ... 14 x 12's are big hives for them to keep warm so everything you can do to assist helps.
There are polycarbonate suppliers all over the UK and some on line or on ebay. They will provide cut to size pieces but you will need to fabricate a rim if you want top bee space. Personally, I watch out at the local recycling centre for redundant polycarbonate shower screens and doors and a few pounds changes hands, they keep the aluminium frames and I get the polycarbonate bits. I have a table saw so easy for me to cut to size. It is possible to do it by hand.
OUCH!One of my hives was very light so I popped the crownboard off to find sparse stores. I nicked a frame of stores from its neighbour and closed up as quickly as possible but unfortunately not before a few guards had found I was wearing jeans with some stretch. Why do the always go for my nether regions?
Have you tried listening with a stethoscope? I tried a few years ago in the hope of avoiding bodily contortions, but couldn't hear a thing. Strange because I anticipated it would amplify the buzz.I can hear mine easily if I press my ear to the box. Even through a cosy over a wooden hive
Oh, I've just replied to Dani's post above re listening and reported that my stethoscope is useless for this purpose.
You must be thinking of that marvellous classic Doctor in the House.
It works but if the bees are a fair distance away from the stethoscope, the sound waves won't penetrate the hive walls, You basically have to check multiple areas until you hear them - this also gives you an idea of the size and position of the cluster
You have to put a disc of hard material, smaller than the stethoscope end, between it and the hive. It will transmit the sound to the diaphram.Have you tried listening with a stethoscope? I tried a few years ago in the hope of avoiding bodily contortions, but couldn't hear a thing. Strange because I anticipated it would amplify the buzz.