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Postby Kwalt » Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:18 pm

I was wondering if keeping hive observation logs is something that most beekeepers do? I think it might be a good idea for me. With only two colonies I find that after a couple of weeks I don't remember as well as I should have what I saw and when it was. If you do take notes, do you use a note pad and just make a few remarks or do you have an actual form you fill out?


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Re: Logbooks

Postby SiWolKe » Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:29 pm

I had a form to fill out but realized that with 14 hives last year and now 12 hives again it´s too much work.

So I started to have a notebook ( old style) and pen with me always and a camera to take picts.

Sometimes i take no notes or just a short remark, sometimes I write a whole side about my observations. If somethings strange I make picts.

With every opening I write down:
- how many brood combs
- how many food combs
- building combs or not
- queen or eggs present
- density
- mite fighting methods if they are done by the bees, like VSH

and some remarks like:
- should be expanded
- should be controlled in so and so time
- food situation to be observed
- flow

With the notebook I can compare. I don´t like my smartphone to be propolized.
At home I keep a record on my forum for my group to study this and give comments.

While making the entries I like to reflect about what I saw.
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Re: Logbooks

Postby Nordak » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:18 pm

I've tried keeping a logbook in the past, but failed miserably at it. Seems I'd tell myself to remember to write everything down as I went into the house after inspections, but I'd get distracted by other things or never get around to it. I saw on a different forum, someone was using voice recording and saving the files to the computer while inspecting. I believe they were using a USB styled voice recorder worn around the neck making it hands free. I've thought about trying something similar.

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Re: Logbooks

Postby Kwalt » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:12 pm

I know myself, and even knowing the advantages I don't think I would keep it up. If it was right there and all I needed to do was jot a couple of notes, maybe. It would have to be so easy and convenient that I couldn't help but do it.


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Re: Logbooks

Postby moebees » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:06 pm

At this point with 8 hives I am not keeping records but you after your response to Nordak I would suggest perhaps trying the Michael Palmer duct tape method. Here is a video on it.

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Re: Logbooks

Postby Rurification » Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:33 am

It used to be easy to keep records with 2 hives. Then 4. I'm up to 8 now and the only way I remember anything is if i've got someone with me and as soon as everything is closed up I pull out the clipboard and pen and we go over what we did so I can write everything down. Still in the bee yard, with suit and often gloves. I have to re-type it all when I get inside, but at least I know who did what and when.

I love the idea of a phone for pics, but I'm not getting propolis on my phone, so no.

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Re: Logbooks

Postby Oranjedal » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:08 am

I take pictures and make short notes while I am working. Later I use the app on the net called "mybeekeeper".


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Re: Logbooks

Postby h2o » Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:25 pm

Any record keeping recommendations for TF Small scale commercial operations?

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