SWITCH TO PRECISION BEEKEEPING
Plan & Anticipate your interventions
You can instantly visualize the actions required on an apiary: evolution of the weight, the brood and the weather conditions.
Take action without wasting time
You are alerted in less than 4 minutes in case ofswarming and increase your chances to recover your swarms.
Monitor the health of your colonies in real time
You can monitor the vitality of your colonies (stoppage and resumption of laying) without disturbing the peace and comfort of the bees.
By 10 a.m., you know if the honey flow is underway in all your apiaries.
The net increase in the weight of the hive over a few days marks the start of the honeyflow. You can follow the development and intensity of honey production precisely and place the first supers at the right time.
The scales give you, at any moment, an exact state of the vitality of your colonies to better adjust your choices during the season.
You record your exact production per apiary every year using the history. With experience, you can anticipate the expected yields. You will also be able to adapt your transhumance strategy based on reliable and validated data.
Fitting the fusegates
You follow each honey flow, hour by hour, and adjust your actions according to the weather. You know at all times how much honey has entered your hives and what equipment to prepare before going to the apiary.
You react more quickly, especially for explosive honey crops such as rapeseed or acacia, where one day's delay can lead to the loss of more than 10 kilos of crop per hive.
You can see when the weight curve stops progressing when the nectar collection ends.
The bees seal the cells with wax as soon as the nectar has lost sufficient moisture and is transformed into honey. To refine the measurements, it is possible to move the brood probe in the honey supers and thus know theexact humidity of the honey before harvesting.
You can detect hives in difficulty by using the scales. They are not collecting honey despite the presence of honeydew. You concentrate on the hives that need your attention without disturbing those in full production.
The adaptation of the foraging sites is done in season but it is theanalysis on the long term which will bring you the best results by targeting the sites with the best returns.
It is valuable to compare your results with other beekeepers in your area, especially when you are just starting out.
The tension rises among beekeepers from April to May. The prospect of opening one's hive to find that it is almost empty is not a happy one.
A particularly high dynamism of the brood levels from the beginning of the season is a first factor of vigilance. Strong temperature variations over several days are a warning of the probability of swarming.
Theswarming alert is triggered within 4 minutes as soon as a sudden change in weight is noticed (more than 1 kg). You can catch the swarm and not suffer its loss.
The trips to the apiaries are mainly about the health of the bees. You avoid all unnecessary trips and quickly identify the hives that need your attention. A monthly hive opening is not enough to be reactive in case of anomaly.
Monitoring with connected scales is non-invasive. You limit the number of times you open the hive and avoid stressing the bees, which will not have to be smoked just to validate the colony's condition.
The feeding, in season as well as in winter, is made according to the real provisions with the exact measurement of the weight of each of your colonies.
A sudden drop in weight in winter may be the result of other bees raiding the hive.
You monitor the temperature and hydrometry of the brood hour by hour. A temperature between 33 and 36 °C and a hydrometry between 55% and 65% ensure ideal conditions for egg laying and larvae rearing.
You can detect if the bees are unable to regulate the heat: an internal temperature of more than 38 °C stops the hatching completely. The birth rate drops to around 40% at 37 °C.
In winter, you can observe thecessation of egg laying and the recovery of the bees in great detail with the help of the brood temperature and the hydrometry.
If your hive has swarmed, you can see when egg-laying stops and then starts again by observing the brood temperature.
Vitality of the colony
You can identify a defective queen by the low number of bees. This results in a lower harvest during the honey flow or in a flatter consumption curve in winter.
During the season, the rapid introduction of a new mated queen allows you to quickly catch up with the situation for the next honey flow and to avoid a buzzing hive. You can be sure that the new queen is accepted and lays properly if the brood temperature remains around 35 °C.
The comparison of the performance of the hives over a season highlights the queens to be favoured for reproduction.
Theft and fall of a hive
You are immediately alerted in case of a variation of more than 10 kg to avoid unpleasant surprises when you arrive at the apiary. You are sure that no one has touched your hives and that there isno damage from animals or bad weather.