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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    I use g-notes on my cell phone while in the yards. I can dictate most of my notes that way and take pictures associating them in the notes. Then When I get home I can access the notes on my computer. I have 30 hives + or - 1 or 2 at any given time.

    It works for what I need.
    Jason Bruns
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  2. #42
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Deezil,

    Check out Hivetracks.com. It is a record keeping program for beekeepers. It was developed by two beekeeping college professors. It maintains data on your woodenware, your bees, your inspections, feedings, treatments, etc. It can be accessed and data input from a mobile device. It connects with Google earth for a birds eye view of your yards. it records the weather at your site, and produces reports. Best part, it is FREE.

    I am a first year beek, but 40 years in business taught me the importance of record keeping. When we started with the bees, we looked at a lot of record keeping templates at most of the Bee Supply companies, then we viewed a Hive Tracks webinar at Brushy Mountain's website. It has everything we felt we would need plus more. We have used it since March and have not been disappointed.

    you can make up a yard and do a trial run at www.hivetracks.com

    Disclaimer: I have no connection to Hive Tracks other than being a satisfied user.

    Note: It appears Hive Tracks in in the process of upgrading. For a good review of the program, view the Hive Tracks Webinar at Brushy Mountain
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...ces/Videos.asp
    Know your bees, number 5
    Last edited by Bob_in_Westsylvania; 09-04-2013 at 06:50 PM.

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Quote Originally Posted by Hokie Bee Daddy View Post
    Hazel-Rah, That's a legitimate opinion and to each his own. The poster wanted to know what others were doing and I shared what I find to be helpful...I am a beekeeper as I enjoy being a beekeeper.

    I think we're losing perspective here on whether we are enjoying a hobby or making a living. What is useless information to one may be something of interest to the other - regardless of the value the other side places on it.
    That's great! I wouldn't take that statement personally... I just don't have a computer and am somewhat dysfunctional with those things. I don't think I was belittling anyone, and I am pretty far from making a living off bees myself.

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Quote Originally Posted by mike bispham View Post
    I'd die without spreadsheets!

    Mike (UK)
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  5. #45
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Got any you could put on a Post in this Thread?
    Hopefully this worked. Attached is a sheet I used last year. I've taken out locations to protect the innocent. Like I said I used this one last year and 2012 was the year I learned how to keep bees alive in the face of winter and mites so don't analyze the content too much.

    The black tabs are dead outs. If you have any questions or upgrades just let me know.

  6. #46
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    As clear as The Emperors New Clothes. Try again.
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  7. #47
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    I can't upload it for some reason. I'm good with spreadsheets but beesource has me stumped. If I can figure out how then I will.

  8. #48
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Got any you could put on a Post in this Thread?


    Do you mean show you my system? Sure - tell me how to upload it here and I will.

    Mike (UK)
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  9. #49
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Yer askin' the wrong guy. I know how to turn on my machine and get to beesource. lol
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  10. #50
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    +1 for HiveTracks. I have gone back and looked at some of my notes several times since I started in July. This is likely due to my inexperience but I find the information valuable. My notes may end up having less detail the more seasoned I get.

    I list my observations, what I did, time, weather, population etc. Some of these like, time and weather, I record because the app does it for me. Others I record because it makes it easy with a checkbox.

  11. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Got any (spreadsheets) you could put on a Post in this Thread?
    It doesn't come across well... I tried spacing out but it didn't work. You just have to imagine this lot in proper columns.

    The first number is the present priority rating, used to sort the most urgent jobs to the top, at each separate location

    Next is the hive number, description, originating date, year

    Next ('Sim.') is the location - 'Simon's land'

    Next 'Nat' tells me its in a National hive - if that's missing its in a six-frame nuc.

    An 'M' means mating - check for eggs at a suitable time.

    'U' means a candidate for uniting. I make this sort of stuff up as I go along.

    The last column is 'To Do'.

    Using the spreadsheet.
    On a Bee day, all info is updated from my diary, and a new priority rating attached to each hive. The whole lot is then sorted (Data/'Sort') to arrange the lines in site groups, and bring the most urgent work at each site to the top. (Look at how the left hand column has falling rating numbers at each site)

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    Date: To-Do
    7 21 Keycol Bees, 7/7/13 13 Sim. Nat Time for a look
    6 28 Nuc from Jon II (Jon II Queen! 13 Sim. Nat Keep feeding for comb

    5 30 Herne hill swarm 13 Jon n Leave be, add roof, entrance restriction

    (Tidied only to here)

    8 17 Jon 3 (Jon 1 Queen?) 13 Jon Add 6-F lift
    6 3 Jon I 12 Jon Nat U? Check with a view to breaking or combining [1]
    3 4 Jon II 12 Jon Nat Leave till autumn feed

    7 34 Fly-in (22/7) 13 JD Time for a look
    5 9 Jumping Downs 13 JD Nat remove unused lift?

    9 5 Fryarne I 12 Fry Nat Remove lift & clearer
    8 29 Nuc from 18/BBI 13/7 13 Fry U+ Up to Nat, move?
    8 39 Half-Nuc from 8, 27/7 13 Fry Watch for space
    6 40 Half-Nuc from 18, 27/7 13 Fry M Grubs added 19/8 - unlikely… strong; ins. 10/9

    6 7 Newington Bees 13 Ecof Feed on for comb/change to Cedar
    3 6 Whitstable Bees 13 Ecof Nat Leave till autumn feed

    7 16 Nuc+BB I QC 13 Mil (At Mary's)

    9 12 Split 1 from BB I 13 BBw M Inspect
    8 43 Nuc in 18 29/7 13 BBw Time for a look
    7 18 BBI Queen (top Q) 12 BBw Nat Time for a look
    7 19 Nuc from Jon I (Jon 1 Queen?) 13 BBw Nat Time for a look
    7 20 Nuc from Jon II 13 BBw Nat Time for a look
    7 23 Nuc from Fryarne 13 BBw Nat Time for a look
    7 24 Nuc from Fryarne 13 BBs U? m Suspect laying workers - check in sept
    7 31 Nuc, origin unknown 13 BBs U? M Q-, small, 1 q cell… ?
    4 25 Nuc from Whit 13 BBs Brood, good but small…
    8 35 Half-Nuc from Jon II 23/7 13 BBn U+ All good: shift back (sheep)
    8 36 Half-Nuc from Jon II 23/7 13 BBn U+ All good: shift back (sheep)
    7 33 Nuc from Whit (6) 22/7 13 BBn U? Q- No eggs but strong
    5 8 Quinton Bees 13 BBn Nat U? poss Q- Insp mid sept
    9 22 Flown-in (July) by water table 13 BBe Gone? Check
    7 11 Split from BB II 13 BBe Make last insp., add 1 missing frame
    6 10 BB Swarm 13 BBe Nat Make last insp.
    9 2 BB II 12 BB Nat Remove lift & clearer
    7 13 Split 2 from BB I 13 BB Nat Time for a look
    7 14 Ex Cellbuilder 13 BB Nat Time for a look
    7 15 Nuc+BB I QC 13 BB Give comb?
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    Last edited by mike bispham; 09-08-2013 at 08:17 AM.
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  12. #52
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Thanks Mike.
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  13. #53
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    Default Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Bee1.xls

    Ha! Uploaded from the picture editor, choosing 'basic uploader' or something like that.

    To sort, select all the data cells (not the titles at the top), go Data/Sort, and choose how you want it sorted. Try by hive number (Column B, or by priority (Column A)

    To get the lines into outstands and priorities, sort E then A (the Sort function allows three levels of sorting at once.)

    You really just have to play with it. Always sort with all data cells highlighted, or you'll lose the lines - everything will get muddled up!

    Mike (UK)
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