When it comes to keeping bees, inspections during the first year(s) can be overwhelming. After getting over the fear of opening a box with tens of thousands of stinging insects, it can be difficult to remember all the things one should look for. At least once you’ll be relaxing on the couch and think back, “Did I check for eggs/the Queen?”. Or maybe you are just interested in some type of documentation tracking your hives progress.
Hive Inspection Form
We have created a Hive Inspection Form for those that may be interested. You can print one for each of your hives, create a binder and complete them after each inspection. You could laminate and tape it to the inside of your hive lid and make notes with a dry erase marker to reference on the next inspection. Or you could print one and put it in your pocket to use as a reference.
Our best efforts went into making form to cover most beekeepers. Whether you use plastic foundation or foundationless, varroa treatments or treatment-free, Top Bar or Langstroth, our hope is this can provide some value or guidance.
If you prefer electronic tracking, I HIGHLY recommend HiveTracks. HiveTracks works in the field as a smartphone app and allows you to enter data about that hive on the spot. You can create QR codes to scan and quickly pull up the hive, and my favorite feature is the ability to add a weather report. With HiveTracks you can track the equipment used, feeding, honey harvest, and tons of other data. You can access the online dashboard with your computer and type longer inspection narratives if you choose. They offer a 14-day free trial, and I think you’ll like it!
Bonus: Get the beekeepers calendar for free
You’ll find 37 pages filled with detailed information to help you make this the best beekeeping season yet! Stay ahead of upcoming tasks and know what to look for with the guidance of A Years Journey In Beekeeping: The Beekeepers Calendar.
- 12 months of in depth information addressing key activities and objectives
- A full 4 pages detail common pests and diseases, along with mitigation options
- Additional Resources section lists more than 20 excellent resources for more beekeeping information
- Plus, you’ll obtain access to our Farmstead Google Calendar to help keep you on track
Download your free copy today! Simply fill out the form below and A Years Journey In Beekeeping: The Beekeepers Calendar will be sent right to your inbox.
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