In recent years the US has been averaging 30% hive loss over winter. Last winter, across the Midwest losses in some apiaries exceeded 60%. Losing that much livestock annually drives the BroodMinder team crazy. We see a desire on the part of backyard beekeepers to contribute to solving this national problem and at the same time, learn more about their own hives. We have developed professional grade monitors expressly for beehives. Our entire team has worked hard to make our systems simple and economical so that every bee enthusiast can be part of the solution to this national problem.
The BroodMinder team believes that by performing simple, uniform measurements across thousands of hives, the beekeeping community will gain insights into hive distress and that as a community, we will develop interventions to improve outcomes.
MyBroodMinder.com stores your data for free because of our primary goal: Better Bee Health.
This goal is accomplished through the creation of diagnostic hardware and software, working seamlessly to display colony health data.
Much as EKGs help doctors better understand the stresses of their patients, our system reveals the health metrics of bee hives - actionable data, consistently collected, comparable from one colony to another, and presented in a timely manner. This allows the beekeeper to make hive adjustments based on facts, not hunches.
While the collection of data is done at the hive, our software allows hive metrics to be shared publicly. This assists the beekeeping community by presenting common insights, and answering the myriad of “what if” questions that are so common with beekeepers.
Beekeepers and researchers alike benefit from this free and anonymous shared data.
As a beekeeper, you'll experience fewer surprises when you open your hives. Instead, you'll begin your trip to the apiary with a pretty good idea of what you're likely to find in each hive.
"Let's see... Hive 1 swarmed last Tuesday, I'll probably see swarm cells or a new queen. Hive 2 may need a new queen because brood temperatures aren't being maintained - there is probably no brood. The rest of the hives look hearty and are adding weight."
This is the sort of information that lets you create a good plan for each hive before you get to the apiary. Your work inside each hive then becomes a matter of reacting to nuances around your plan instead of decoding what you see when you open the lid and creating a plan on the spot.