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Paz
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:58 am    Post subject: Anyone Listening? Reply with quote

Just to satisfy my curiosity, is anyone who bought an Apimonitor actively using it (or a different system) to monitor their bees?

One of my hives swarmed about a week ago and I was monitoring / recording the queen piping and quacking prior to them taking flight. I managed to catch that swarm and re-home them in another TBH and they seem to be going great guns.

I'm still listening to the first hive and there are still queens (yes plural) in there tooting and quacking, so I guess there will be another swarm in the next few days, weather permitting. Fascinating stuff.

So, are these Apimonitors being used? Please tell.

Paz
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biobee
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used mine a couple of times, but so far failed to identify queen piping. But I shall persist and attempt to record it as well.

So much else going on at the moment it's hard to find the time to study bees properly - but thanks for the reminder. I will let you know how I get on.
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trekmate
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My mic is permanently in a hive and I've listened to it every few days. No sign of swarming from the audio or the bees! Confused
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Paz
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I will let you know how I get on.


Yes please do, it would be interesting to see how others get on.

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My mic is permanently in a hive and I've listened to it every few days.


Mine too. I've checked again this morning and the queen/s are still quacking away, so maybe today is the day they'll decide to swarm.
The last swarm were very considerate, leaving it for a Friday afternoon when I was at home to deal with it. I don't think I'm going to be so lucky with the next lot somehow.

Paz
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biobee
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up a small swarm last night and I am almost sure I hear a queen quacking in the basket... still trying to work out how that might be possible...
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Manuel Robert
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still on my to do list, me not being much into electronics, but time will come.
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