meta BroodMinder-W3 features
BroodMinder-W3 hive scale helps to monitor all aspects related to colony resource management: food stores quantification with the total weight measurement. Nectar flow start-up and intensity with weight variations and productivity. Overwintering resource consumption rate and colony startup are also easy to assess with weight measurements.
The scale is also helpful to detect colony events like bees leaving for foraging in the morning. Swarming events are also well identified. When the bees leave the hive there is a sudden drop in weight. You can then quantify what time and how big was the swarm. Dearth or robing can also be detected in critical periods.
Weight and external temperature are measured every hour and stored into the device internal memory, able to hold more than 1year data.
Works with the extensive BroodMinder wireless ecosystem.
If you own a Cell hub or a Wifi hub, you can inspect the data in real time: this option requires a premium subscription.
If you have a free membership, you will be sharing hive scale data with scientists and researchers through our citizen-science initiative BeeCounted.org. Premium Membership users can choose whether to share their data or keep it proprietary.
As for any other device, apiary share with other Broodminder users is possible and only you decide and manage who access it (read only).