- Jul 30, 2019
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- Titterstone clee South Shropshire
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- 35 this winter
I beg to differ emyr.. Not everyone is as strong as each other and hefting doesn't give you a true weight.. How can you work out how much to feed a colony by just hefting? You can't.it's fine if you are setting up one hive to have a 'micro - weighing' system if you want to spend a season/winter monitoring weight changes whether out of sheer curiosity or as part of a 'scientific' study, so that you are educating yourself as to what to expect in future years. But for practicality, hefting IMHO is the only way. Fair enough, as a beginner, set uf a luggage scale weighing system as an aid, but all the while you should be hefting and comparing to scale weights so that in a few seasons hefting will be sufficient, and all you'll need.
Even with a hundred hives I would still weigh with scales probably not as much and I would pick the times to do it ie before autumn feeding, December and February, and heft in between these times.
As a beginner and even after a few years hefting IMHO isn't enough.
Being a beginner is anxious enough with out worrying if they have enough stores for winter.