In June (Part 1) and July (Part 2), Bee Culture ran a two-part series about the importance of establishing a framework for conducting hive inspections. “… Hive inspections, coupled with good record keeping of management actions and outcomes, can move us a long way towards better beekeeping.” Authors recommend beekeepers utilize the Bayer Bee Care Healthy Colony Checklist that is discussed HERE and suggested the following approach during your inspections:
1 – Use a buddy system.
2 – Know how to assess the six conditions of colony health.
3 – Take concise notes.
4 – Record any general notes and observations of each hive.