Weight gain

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Hobie, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    A gentleman in my local association has a hive on a scale. He announced today that the hive gained 32 lbs in one day!

    That just boggles the mind.
     
  2. G3farms

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    That would be getting close to 4 gallons of nectar
     

  3. riverrat

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    must be a strong hive and a good flow. I have had hives on a scale for awhile but have removed them all and trying to sell the scales. its amazing what them little gals can do in a day
     
  4. Iddee

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    Hey, rat, if you have a scale with a hive on it that brings in 32 lb. a day, I'll buy that scale. You have to leave the hive on it, tho.

    32 lbs, according to my teaching would take approx. 50 trips for 20,000 bees. Doesn't sound all that astounding when broken down into those numbers. A good strong hive on a full bloom field should be able to do it fairly reasonably.
     
  5. Hobie

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    .0005 oz per bee per trip. Hmmm! Iddee, you are a wealth of knowledge!

    Not sure about his location, but goldenrod and jewelweed are in full bloom here now, with asters just starting and catmint finishing up. I believe he is farther inland, so the asters would be farther along.
     
  6. tecumseh

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    I would suspect if you watched the hive over the night time period most folks would also be shocked to see how much of that 32# disappeared. Some nectar can be as much as 80% water.
     
  7. brooksbeefarm

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    Did they check the scale :confused: Jack
     
  8. beehandler

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    how much of that gain could be foragers staying in the hive ?
     
  9. jonnybee

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    The most i have heard is around 52 lbs.
     
  10. Hobie

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    There's a thought. I guess it would depend on when you took the readings, and what the weather was at the time. Two readings at noon on sunny days would be "no" effect. Morning and evening reads may be a different story.

    The 20,000 bees iddee refers to, at 1/10 gram weight apiece, would translate into approximately 4 pounds!