Bees

Keeping records: Bees

Record keeping is critical for any endeavor but especially important for farming, gardening and beekeeping. Solid records will help anything from tracking profitability of different ventures to diagnosing future problems when they occur. Each recordkeeping system will be published as it is established if possible. I include the qualifier because all my plant data keeping is in GIS format which I cannot host on wordpress. I will publish the tabular data if applicable.

Bee records are being kept in a simple excel document. There is a column for hive location domains on the left side of the chart. Up to 10 locations can be entered to be added to the drop down menu (I can increase this if needed). The workbook can be accessed and downloaded here

Here is a snapshot:

Hive Location Date Task Performed Feed Consumed Feed Notes Notes
Main Pasture Entrance 3/25/2015 Installed Bee Package Filled to 2 gallons Lots of bee diarreha on and around hive
Pig Pasture 3/25/2015 Installed Bee Package Filled to 2 gallons
Main Pasture Entrance 3/26/2015 Removed Package from hive 1 gallon Filled to 2 gallons Starting to build comb at top center of every frame,
Pig Pasture 3/26/2015 Removed Package from hive 1 gallon Filled to 2 gallons Starting to build comb at top center of every frame, diarrhea has stopped
Main Pasture Entrance 3/27/2015 Collected package .5 gallon Filled to 2 gallons
Pig Pasture 3/27/2015 Collected package .5 gallon Filled to 2 gallons
Main Pasture Entrance 3/31/2015 Removed Queen Cage .25 gallon Filled to 2 gallons Most comb built on center frames
Pig Pasture 3/31/2015 Removed Queen Cage .25 gallon Filled to 2 gallons Most comb built on center frames

 

The fields of any record book I keep are bound to change as the need for additional information requires. Also feel free to pitch and suggestions or recommendations!

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