Broodminder hive scale?
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    Default Broodminder hive scale?

    Iím interested in continuous monitoring of beehive weight, primarily to know the time of nectar flow, and thinking about buying a Broodminder hive scale (https://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/BM-Hive-Scale). I found a few threads from last year on this topic, but I am curious whether those of you who bought ones still use them a year later, with or without problems? Thanks!
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    Default Re: Broodminder hive scale?

    Bought two this last spring. Going good so far. Thinking of adding a few more to different yards to keep a eye on flows.

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    I have a homebuilt data logger on one of my hives. The data logger has a scale, several temperature sensors (2 in the hive, and a few outside) and 2 humidity sensors (one in the top, one outside). It is interesting to see some of the patterns and what is going on. I can see the daily cycle of bees coming and going, daily changes due to the weather, and some other patterns.

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    I've been using Broodminder scales for a few years, or whenever they first came out. I'd been somewhat critical of Broodminder in the past because the first couple I bought would drain their batteries in about a month. But the company sent me a replacement last year and it's been going strong since I put it under a hive in January (7 months ago). I love having the scale...it helps me know what kind of flow (if any) is happening. It's a great decision-making tool.

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    [QUOTE=elmer_fud;1665409]

    I have a homebuilt data logger on one of my hives.

    Elmer, do you use arduino?

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    Default Re: Broodminder hive scale?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kcnc1 View Post
    Elmer, do you use arduino?
    I used a sparkfun logomatic, a sparkfun scale board, a RTC, a custom adapter board, and a bunch of code. I am working on trying to move everything onto a single board, but that has taken a back seat to other projects during the summer.

    Links to the main parts that I used
    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12772
    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10160
    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13261
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    I very loosely based my design on this
    https://makezine.com/projects/bees-s...r-hive-health/

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    I really like the Brood Minder concept, but I'm far too cheap to pay over a grand to monitor the weights on two nucs and two hives on my bee stand. I'll be looking at some of the sparkfun tools to build a four hive scale this winter. I wish brood minder had separate load units that a single reporting CPU could use to track multiple hives on the same stand without breaking the bank.

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    Thank you all, I’ll buy one Broodminder for now but building DIY system seems very interesting project!

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