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Don't you wonder sometimes?

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When someone asks me how many bees are there in a hive I tell them between 40,000 and 60,000, depending on the time of year. That usually satisfies them.

I imagine that someone has an answer for you, like a standard deep frame covered w/ bees would have x number of bees on it. I don't know that number.

I thought that perhaps you were asking because of something going on in your hive.

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Yeah, brac. The hind appendages are legs and the front two appendages are arms. Everybody knows that. Sheesh.

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But, when I tell them I have 35 hives in the back yard and each has 50k in bee's there eyes get really big, I can see the math happening in their head and they cancel on coming to my 4th of July BBQ. Almost 2 Million bee's makes people uneasy. :scratch:

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[paraphrased] Count the number of bees returning to the hive for 1 minute (B/M). To estimate the number of deep frames of bees in the colony, B/M times 30 minutes X .0005 = numbers of deep frames of bees. The .0005 assumes one deep frame, covered both sides, contains 2000 bees. The 30 minutes assumes the amount of time one bee needs to make a return trip.

I've never done this personally; it'd be interesting to see how many bees (for example) cover a medium frame which is what I use. Actually, it would be interesting to try this formula and see if it has much correlation to cutout colony size.

A project for Adam Foster Collins:

This thread makes me want to make a one inch grid using brightly colored string or fishing line. You can put it in front of one side of frames with varying amounts of bees; take photos and count the number of bees in each one inch square and get an estimate of how many bees are on one frame. Use your computer. Those with with Adobe Photoshop probably wouldn't have to make a grid. Multiply by number of frames in the hive. The center 3-4 frames probably have more bees; the outer ones have less.

Here's the formula for adding field bees or bees in the hive but not on frames,....:scratch:,

How close in number do you want to be, A.F. Collins?

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Maybe there isn't. In which case, it would be cool thing to come up with.

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So, to figure out how many bees there are in your hive, you could weigh the whole thing, figure out the weight of the wooden ware, subtract that, figure out the weight of the combs of brood and honey, subtract that and you should have the weight of the bees left. Do the per pound math computation and that's how many bees you have.

Is an accurate number really worth all that? I guess if there was a really important reason to know perhaps it would be.

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Chuck Norris didn't get his Honey from a hive.

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