Our hive used to record weight was building queen cells, so we split it into 3 hives in early April. Until we get a new hive on the scale, we cannot update our graph. Check back with us.
Data is measured on a Cardinal Detecto platform scale (Model 854F50p) with a 500 pound maximum. Measuring a 10-frame Langstroth hive with medium size boxes in Central Alabama, 35226. Measurements are taken several days a week around dusk.
- Top blue line is total weight change including adding/removing equipment and sugar water
- The middle red line shows how much honey is in the hive
- If the red line is moving down, the bees are consuming more honey than the nectar they are collecting
- If the red line is moving up, the bees are bringing in nectar from flowers and making honey
A couple observations on the data:
The steady decline of the red line between late September and mid November 2014 mostly represents the loss in weight from the bees evaporating 2:1 sugar water.
Fall feeding of 2:1 between late September and mid November caused a 34 pound increase in food stores. It took 5 gallons (about 60 pounds) of 2:1 sugar syrup to produce 34 pounds of stored food, about 8 1/2 medium frames.
Sharp declines in the graph represent honey harvesting