I scored a platform scale for $60 off of Craig's List. I finally got around to putting the hive on the scale. For those of you who have a set up like this, do you have any tips or recommendations? I'm currently covering the vertical arm with a garbage bag (laying on the ground). I put a fresh coat of paint on the scale and will leave it exposed to the elements.
Here's a pic. By the way, you can see some bees flying in the pic as well.
Also, bees are going through about 1/8 lb of stores per day.