The apiary consists of 6 colonies is in the Scaly Mountain region at about 3750 ft, at the edge of the Highlands Plateau. The area is varied topography, mostly wooded with some overgrown pasture. Forests are mixed deciduous. The set up was moved to Athens in September 2011 from Scaly Mountain pending fabricating other units.
The hive is 10 frame brood chamber of 2 deeps, with 2-4 8 frame mediums for honey supers. The queen is a local mutt captured from a swarm. The hive is exposed to weather, the scale is beneath the hive and protected from inclement weather.
The scale is a home crafted electronic logging scale fabricated from an Adam Equipment CPW plus200 440 capacity scale with RS232 interface, sampling at 5 min intervals, accessible on the internet at hivetool.org. Resolution is 0.1 lb.
The principal forage consists of maples, blackberry, black locust, tulip poplar, and sourwood.
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