It was a cold weekend 'round these parts.
Once my teeth start to chatter, I lose all control. They just won't stop.
It dipped down to -18C Saturday night, that's zee-roh fahrenheit for you non-metric folk.
I was worried about my chickens. I had visions of finding one of them frozen to the perch the next morning. Could you imagine? I can not. I sent the Artist to let them out on Sunday morning.
As I awaited his return from the opening of the coop door, I gazed out over the pond and my thoughts stopped dead in their tracks. (no pun intended, for reals)
I was worried. I was beside myself. I was stricken with despair.
Okay, not really but I was concerned. How are they doing, I wondered. This was the coldest temps we'd had thus far. Could they really be okay?
Enter my newest beekeeping accoutrement. The latest in a long list of beekeeping supplies. A gift the male twin received from a secret Santa gift exchange last month at school. Yep, that's it, a stethoscope. His secret Santa friend wants to be a trauma surgeon. It's possible he could be trying to recruit the male twin into the medical profession.
In the meantime, the super clever Artist suggested another use for this old fashioned heart moniter.
So I bundled up and headed for the hills, well, the little mound, way yon over the far side of that frozen lake we have out back, actually it's a pond, and got down to business.
I placed it on the right side of the hive, in the shade, and I heard....nothing.
I moved it up, along the side of the shallow super on top and I heard....still nothing.
Then I moved to the other side, the side in the sun.
And then I remembered why I didn't wrap the hive, because on super cold days like this, the cover will not let the warmth of the sun soak into the hive. This side felt deliciously warm. And when I placed the stethoscope up against it, the hills were alive with the sound of bees. Bees, glorious bees.
They are still alive.
Fellow beekeepers, if you're suffering from withdrawal of being able to hear the collective sound of your hive as you gently remove your outer cover, then this is for you.
Just remember, you heard it here first.
~Be well and warm friends!~