It is a well know fact that beekeepers should keep hive records, it is an equally well known fact that most do not.
Their reasons for not doing so being as varied, and imaginative as their methods of beekeeping. Some of the more popular comments are:
- I can remember what's going on in my hive. (Even the beekeeper with one hive must have phenomenal memory to be able to remember all they have seen during a season, the dates the have seen it and the actions they have taken. A memory of a beekeeper with several hives is therefore beyond imagination)
- I am not prepared to buy hive record cards. (Well do what the rest of us do and make your own)
- I tried it once, leaving the record on top of the crown board and the bees eat it all. (Well they could have put it in a folder and taken them home)
- It's just too much bother. (Refer to answer 1!!!)
- Why should I bother it wont make any difference. (The minimum is the medicine record required by law)
When a beekeeper opens a hive they should be doing it for the shortest time possible. What they see may lead them to take some sort of action immediately. More likely having closed the hive they will reflect on what they saw and then decide what actions to take. A hive record enables us to record what we have seen and when not under preasure take a decision as to what has to be done.
Download our hive record booklet including the medicine record. Print double sided on A4 paper and flip on short side. One inside page has room for four inspection records. Print as many as you are likley to use in one season.