I use a regular sharpie. Wears off after about 3 weeks. Which is just in time as I tend to check them about every 10 days at most; usually every 2 weeks.I tried writing with a marker on top of the hives, but the marker wears out after a month or so, and I can't read anything.
What type of paint pen do you use, exactly?
2nd year- really fussy about organization. My work requires it so this is a carryover. Michael Palmer suggested a 3 ring binder on another thread so I went with that a week or so ago and brought forward and condensed the notes from the last two years. I have tabs for each hive and tabs for general beekeeping, nutrition, building projects etc. On the front of the binder there is a clear cover. There's where I slip in my inspection schedule (every 10 days) so at a glance I know when I need to go in next. There's a few popular threads that I have snippets of 1) Michael Palmer overwintering nucs 2) Lauri's sugar bricks recipe 3) Lauri's telescopic cover build etc. Those are printed and in a section. Currently I'm hunting down the "best of BeeSource" to print and retain. I'm a big tech user but paper is more useful to me for this type of thing. PS- not messing around with gear either. Got an UltraBreeze jacket and ordered a tall Dadant smoker. If you're gonna do it then do it.What kind of information do you guys record in a beekeeping jour about your hives?