Weigh Your Beehive with a Beehive Scale

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Why is it important to weigh your beehive using a manual beehive scale or a more high-tech one that uses a mobile app? The answer is simple. Weighing your beehive is an excellent unobtrusive way of monitoring how your bees are doing. 

As a beekeeper, you surely know how important it is to keep a close eye on your bees. However, there are also times when it is equally important to give them the space they need. 

Just like how humans value their privacy, bees also don’t take it kindly sometimes when you open up their hives, even more so if you do it every single day. 

While it is only natural that you would want to have a good idea of how the honey production of your colony is coming along, taking out and checking the frames can cause significant stress for everyone involved, not just your bees but even yourself, the keeper. 

Weigh your beehive with a scale that uses a mobile app.
Weigh your beehive using a more high-tech scale that uses a mobile app.

Weighing the beehive

It can give you a good idea of the amount of honey or the number of bees living inside. Since every worker contributes up to 1 ½ tablespoon of honey throughout their life, this will give you an amazing sense of fulfillment for the colony’s hard work. 

Why do you need to care about the amount of honey produced by your bees, you ask? One extremely important reason for this is overwintering. Bees can’t spend time outside when the weather turns cold. During this time, they stay warm and feed on their honey. Depending on how hard the winters are and where you live, your bees require a specific amount of honey storage to make it through winter. 

Beehive scales present the beehive weighing system

Weighing your hive during the fall will let you know how the honey supplies of your bees are and if you need to begin feeding syrup to them to help them survive through spring. Weighing is also useful in other seasons of the year. During a honey flow, checking can be done every day or two to monitor the amount of honey produced by your bees. You might be amazed at the speed of these tiny workers

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