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We use a hive scale to quantify a hives weight and measure it over time. There is a direct correlation between hive productivity and hive weight; if there is a rapid weight gain during a nectar flow, the bees need more space to store the honey. Weight loss when the hive should be gaining weight may indicate a diseased hive. This kind of insight into the hives makes it advantageous to have at least one hive scale in an apiary.
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