Hive & Box Tracking
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2019
    Hunt County, Texas

    Default Hive & Box Tracking

    I like to keep notes and a history of what we've done to our hives. As we grow our hive count, I am finding it more difficult to keep track.

    Do you have a favorite method of naming/numbering your hives and boxes? I'm interested in hearing what you do. I was thinking of A-Z for the hives and numbers for the boxes.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Lumpkin County, GA

    Default Re: Hive & Box Tracking

    I just keep track of the hives and not the boxes since boxes can be utilized on a few hives during the season.
    I only use numbers and put them on the outer cover. I use 2 inch sticky numbers from Home Depot. If a hive is combined with another, the hive that has the queen will be the hive number.
    In my inspections, I simply look for eggs, queen or swarm/supercedure cells and note the date. I also track when I add a box to a hive.
    My "Bee Diary" is done in Word and is restarted at the start of each season.
    I print out the entire diary and put it on a clip board. I hand write notes on the clipboard when in the field and then transcribe them after a few inspections. Once the updates are done, I reprint and replace the diary on the clipboard. This gives me the hive's history for the year and refer to it often when i inspect a hive.
    There are apps for smart phones but it is too hard to handle when doing inspections. It is much faster to write shorthand notes and transcribe them later.
    I am managing about 40 hives right now and this seems to work for me.


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