Good hive records are essential. Relying on memory or using scraps of paper or a notebook
are no substitute for a hive record card, which provides an easy to use checklist. You just
tick the boxes, and make a note of any work to be done. Our hive record card is based on
the BBKA card.
If you keep the record card under the hive roof it should be in a clear plastic folder, or the
bees will nibble it to pieces. I keep my record cards in a loose-leaf folder, with a section for
each apiary. Make sure your contact details are in the folder, in case you lose it.
The Winter Preparation record card is a great asset, which I devised three years ago. They
help to determine when to autumn feed and when to use Apiguard, and when to fit a super to
catch any late ivy honey. This is usually a part-filled summer super. I use one card per
apiary, and I try to finish all winter preparation by mid-October.
Feel free to modify the cards to your requirements before printing. All the dates shown on
the cards are just for example.
Conwy BKA, July 2009.