How to install a temperature sensor in your hive

Measuring your hive internal temperature is a key factor in monitoring the colony’s dynamics and health. A temperature sensor is extremely easy to setup. Simply place it in the center of the hive, on the 5th or 6th frame.

Before setting up the sensor, make sure it is active by pressing the pushbutton on the card. The red led should quickly start flashing. This means that the sensor is operational. If it doesn’t flash, maintain the pressure for 10 seconds. From this moment, the red led should flash every second for a minute. You have just activated the sensor!

Broodminder sensors have an elongated shape so that the sensor reference can be identified from outside the hive. In this way, you always know which sensor is in which hive.

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For professional beekeepers, it is possible to shorten a temperature sensor and to only keep its measuring end. By placing the sensor on the 5thor 6thframe, it will be quickly propolized by bees. In this way, it will remain hung on the frame top without hindering the hive operations.

Not having a visible reference requires in exchange, a better follow-up & monitoring of each sensor’s position. On the Mellisphera interface, it is possible to print-out the list of your hives with their equipment. This list also gives some information about the brood level in each hive. I personally use it to organize and conduct my visits to the apiary.

In this way I can easily control each hive, while writing my observations on the same paper.