Hive is located in a suburban neighborhood about 5 miles south of Indianapolis. It is an area of flat glacial till, with small patches of woods surrounding a nearby creek. The hive is in full sun at least 50% of the day.
Hive was started in April of 2010 with two deep hive bodies for brood, screened bottom board, queen excluder, and a medium super.
The colony is Italian, with a 2-3 year old queen from an observation hive combined with two colonies that had survived the winter but were queenless.
The scale is a Fairbanks & Morse metric 150Kg capacity platform scale. It is leveled on concrete cinder block base and has 10gram increments on a slider bar. The scale is calibrated - 420g counterpoise and with 1g masses as additional weights.