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There are a number of people who have posted pic's of their permanet fixed
hive/platform scale on these bee boards.
I know of know of none that have more than one tho. { be kinda expensive I would think, if you could even find enough old scales }

Of course there is the old spring hive scale, that could be made, old bee books show hives setting on them.

Then don't forget your skyhook, however, years ago I broke mine picking up a D8 to replace tracks. :D
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power napper is a member of bee source try looking at the member list.
 

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People do this to keep track of the gains made during a flow and the loss(consumption) made during a dearth.
 

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I "weigh" my hives w/o picking them up by COUNTING frames of honey :)

I know, I know, another wise-guy answer :)
But . . . think about it!
 

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I'm waiting for someone to make one out of the bladder from an empty wine box and a tube. The higher the liquid goes the heavier the hive is.

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There is nothing so complicated that one could not simply weigh a hive without so much fanfare?
There are platform scales made to weigh hives exclusively and one such scale is seen on the link. (hope it works?)

http://www.slovenski-cebelarji.com/gallery/view_photo.php?set_albumName=Frankova_dozivetja&id=vaga2

Other, more simple way is with a spring scale. Similar to fish scale, but of higher capacity.. one simply makes a vertical piece of wood in which, at the top, one cuts out a centre grove into whic one hinges a cross piece, which is joined in the groove of a centre piece with a 1/2 inch bolt.
This centre piece is a cantilever used to pull on the scale.
On the end of this cross piece one hangs this scale which has a hook on the bottom. Hook this under the one side of the hive and pres on the opposite side of this cross piece, until the bottom board just clears the stand.
Now read the weight of the hive and multiply this by two.

If one wants to know how much food is in for winter, one simply weighs all the wooden ware and deducts that and the amount of food is than known.

For summer, one simply weighs the whole hive and whatever is up, or down, that would be your daily gain or loss. . .
Beekeeper have been weighing hives this way, all over the world, for about a century now...


Ups, I did find a photo of one such scale. There are other variations but the principle is the same:

http://www.slovenski-cebelarji.com/...?set_albumName=Frankova_dozivetja&id=weighing
 

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One don't have to speak or understand Slovenian to operate a hive scale. :)

I bet that if you contact one of the better known bee stores in your parts of the woods, chances are that they could get it for you?
They do sell Swienty, Fritz and Italian extractors in US - they may just as easily bring over whatever people wish or create a demand for?

There are thousands of bee-supply houses in Europe that sell them.
In Slovenia, other countries too, are private shops that make such things, or any other that one dreams up. They are more business savvy. Nothing stops them...

One can get a basic scale, or one that is connected over your cell phone and will send info about weight, weather, temperature - in the hive and outside, etc...
It will also report the condition of your batery, on electric fance, status of your alarm system (Cameras) and ofcourse give you the weight of your hive for the past 3 days, that can be in nectar alone, or together (total) weight. All one needs to do is call on a cell phone. . .

Email them. They all speak English in EU. (first grade kids, in school, learn at least English, most learn 3 languages, later on) Language skills have never been a problem over there. Those skills are more of a barrier here, or should I say: They are self-imposed?
Poke around on EU bee-sites - the stuff they got over there is mind boggling. Stuff that here beeks don't even dream off. . . or few do?
(Talking about equipment for the honey house - extracting - bottling part of a business)


http://www.logar-trade.si/shop.asp?klasid=10000000&stran=

http://www.swienty.com/shop/vare.asp?side=0&vareid=102350


http://www.apiservices.com/_menus_us/index.htm?menu.htm&0
 
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