Monday, August 30, 2010

Murphy's Law of Beekeeping, Part 2 and Inspection Information

As soon as we filled the s0lar wax melter and set it outside, a weather front moved in. Clouds, rain, and a generally mugginess loitered over us all weekend, and is forecasted to remain until Thursday.

Mark said if he'd gotten the solar wax melter *and* washed his truck, the area would have flooded.

Today on my lunch break I researched forms and information to create an effective Hive Inspection Notebook. I bought the binder and a zippered case to keep pens and pencils in over two weeks ago. It's much easier to indulge in my love of office supplies than take the time to track down the forms.

I will save the Great Debate between "green" beekeepers and their counterparts for another post. Some believe in treating hives with medications and some don't. That said, I found a helpful resource from Ashley Bee Supply, which was originally published in the American Bee Journal in 2008. I found this hive inspection checklist from Mann Lake, Ltd. Finally, there's this one from the San Francisco Beekeepers Association Web site.

Hopefully one of them will fit our needs. If not, I'll create our own!


  1. Who's supposed to keep track of the binder?

  2. I'll give you three guesses, and the first 2 don't count. ;0)