Hive Weight Measuring Device
What do you think about me installing a unit underneath my hives that would record the weight of my hives at one hour intervals throughout the year? The log of observations would be extracted and the results graphed.
I thought it would provide another tool to observe my bees without disturbing them. I realize that nothing beats an up-close and personal inspection, frame by frame. But, this would be an interesting addition to the arsenal to stay ahead of the power curve and spot problems earlier and reducing the number of inspections needed.
My initial thoughts were to observe:
1) Spring Buildup (healthy colony)
2) Nectar flow (adding supers)
3) Depletion of reserves in the winter (identifying a need to feed)
Then I found this http://www.coloss.org/publications/C...Apidologie.pdf
Great idea or dumb idea?