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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Guessing the Hive Weight at GBA

At the Georgia Beekeepers' Association meeting in Moultrie, Georgia, we had a fun evening of entertainment. Before dinner at the Rossman Apiaries warehouse, we were invited to guess the weight of three hive bodies. The winner would take home the equipment. The bodies were weighted down, not with bees but with bricks.

We all tried, but Malcolm Sanford, one of the speakers from Florida, was enormously successful. He was right on two of the three set-ups. Cindy Bee, Cindy H, and I all compared notes and found that we guessed light. We didn't know if that meant we were just particularly strong women (so the boxes seemed lighter to us) or poor guessers - probably the latter.

After the guessing, we had a delicious fish/shrimp/chicken fry meal, hosted by Fred and Ann Rossman. The food was really good and was followed by a band called, "Always Patsy Cline," so you can imagine the music. I lived in Nashville for 13 years from 1966 - 1979, so I loved it.

The meeting itself was hampered a little by snow (unexpected in deep south Georgia), but I did learn a few things to bring home to my beekeeping.

1 comment:

  1. Guessing weights is not easy. I compare most things to a 50 lbs feed sack or a 20 lbs dog food sack. It helps to have a reference. Then you can guess if its more or less. That's not very accurate though.


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