I've thought/wondered if sounds I heard by the beehive were virgin queens piping, but really I'm not sure. So I can't say I've heard that definitively.
RE: Entrance observations and hive management- some feel washboarding indicates a dearth of nectar, others think it is related to swarming. I'm not sure what it is, but lean towards swarming activity. I don't manage swarming in my hives aggressively; I try to maintain a balance in management rather than extremes. If a few queens and swarms make it into the wild then that's good. But too many swarms leaving may weaken the hive.
I'm trying to manage my bees on sound decisions, not on my or other well-meaning folks guesswork at what is going on within through outside observations. These are just my thoughts on it. I've used methods described /suggested by others with sometimes poor results and found many times, even though given with the best of intentions, the advice was wrong.
Last edited by gingerbee; 03-15-2009 at 08:37 AM.
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