Does anyone else out there use one in their beekeeping operation?
I use one of my wife¬ís old stethoscopes to listen to my hives and their clusters.
I find that by listening to the cluster, I can determine a lot of information on the cluster and it¬ís condition.
Whether they are alive or not.
I can listen to the cluster and determine where it is located in the hive.
Whether they have moved up or are they still located low in the hive.
This gives me a heads up on their food stores situation.
The level of sound gives me an idea on cluster size.
The level of sound that they generate and it¬ís change with a tap on the box, let¬ís me know if they are temperature stressed or not.