Broodminder - Temp/Humid & Scale Kit
What is going on in your hive when you aren’t looking? Frequent hive inspections can be harmful and time consuming. But with BroodMinder you can continuously monitor colony health from your smart phone without touching your hive. By using the smart phone app, you can use the recorded colony history to check on queen productivity, brood rearing, swarming, hive robbing, food storage, nectar flows, moisture problems, and more.
Our friends at BroodMinder have developed the Citizen Science Kit with (2) temperature and humidity monitors that can be used to monitor queen productivity and brood development, and (1) hive scale that can be used to monitor nectar flows, hive robbing and food storage. The best part, it's economical to have one for each hive.
About the Temperature/Humidity Monitor: The BroodMinder-TH temperature and humidity monitors are housed in a low profile (1/4″), bee-resistant wrapper. It sits on top of your brood or super frames to sense heat and humidity created by the bees. Accurate to 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit and 3% relative humidity, you will notice the slightest of changes, allowing intervention before it is too late.
About the Hive Scale: Measuring the weight of the hive is straightforward and the scale is easy to set up. It is placed under the back or front of the hive. The scale even has its own temperature sensor to help you optimize your hive positioning for sun and shade exposure.
- 400 lb total hive weight measurement (250% overload capacity)
- 0.01 lb (5g) resolution
- Temperatures compensated
- Records weight once per hour for six months (user configurable)
- Replaceable coin cell battery lasts six months
- 16.25" x 2.5" x 1.5" Durable white oak body top and aluminum base
The Broodminder Mobile App is available for Free for most iOS and Android devices through the Apple App Store, Android Play Store, or Amazon Play Store.
- Apple: iPhone Model 4S or newer or 3rd Generation iPad or Newer.
- Android: Software Version 4.3 (Jelly Bean, July 2012) or newer.
Ratings & Reviews
Easy and accurate
by Adrien Lussier
I have been using the Broodminder system for 2 years. Other than the batteries dying after 18 months (easy to replace) this system has provided hourly data points for weight as well as external and internal temperature and humidity. You get current information using the smart phone app. Data is easily transferred via Bluetooth and emailed to my account. Also the data can be synchronized to the cloud making it available online for review. I find this to be far superior to the educated "lift and guess" method. I have never gotten the hang of estimating weights simply by lifting a corner of a hive. A great system that is easy to install, use, and maintain.