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    Question the flow? aka hive weights

    Hi, everyone,

    this goes out to other folks tracking hive weights. I just had a jump of 12.7# in my largest hive, over the past ten days. It had been averaging the same weight since January. the beginning of the flow? I always call things too early, but maybe I got it right this time??

    -Thomas
    My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.

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    Default Re: the flow? aka hive weights

    I would suspect either the start of a flow or they are robbing out a dead hive somewhere. If you have stuff blooming I would suspect the start of a flow.

    This is what I have seen on one of my hives
    hive weight thru fall 2019.jpg

    edit: during a strong flow with a big hive I have seen gains of over 10lb/week.
    Last edited by elmer_fud; 03-24-2020 at 08:15 PM. Reason: add info

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    Default Re: the flow? aka hive weights

    per the USA phenology network it looks like my area is a little early for blooms.
    https://www.usanpn.org/files/npn/map...ex-anomaly.png
    My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yunzow View Post
    per the USA phenology network it looks like my area is a little early for blooms.
    https://www.usanpn.org/files/npn/map...ex-anomaly.png
    In that case maybe your bees are robbing out a dead hive.

    or maybe they found a cherry factory

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    Default Re: the flow? aka hive weights

    Oops I phrased that incorrectly. I meant to say, my area is blooming earlier than usual! I don't think it is a dead out.
    My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.

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    Default Re: the flow? aka hive weights

    Quote Originally Posted by Yunzow View Post
    this goes out to other folks tracking hive weights. I just had a jump of 12.7# in my largest hive, over the past ten days. It had been averaging the same weight since January. the beginning of the flow? I always call things too early, but maybe I got it right this time??

    -Thomas
    12.7 over 10 days is not robbing. I've had my hive on a scale get into a robbing frenzy once, they did 12 pounds in 2 hours.
    Last edited by grozzie2; 03-26-2020 at 10:55 AM. Reason: sp

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    Default Re: the flow? aka hive weights

    Quote Originally Posted by grozzie2 View Post
    12.7 over 10 days is not robbing. I've had my hive on a scale get into a robbing frenzy once, they did 12 pounds in 2 hours.
    wow, good to know

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