Update

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

The graph below may have some difficulty displaying on certain internet browsers. Follow this link to a more interactive version that should display on all internet browsers. 

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

Cardinal Detecto scale measuring 4 medium, 10-frame Langstroth boxes

 

We love using our hive stand and think you should try running one yourself. Check out our blog on 5 reasons you need a hive scale