Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hive Tracks Software

Tonight while Mark and Andrew watched a turkey hunting video, I created our account and first hive record on a free software program called Hive Tracks.  I found out about it through Linda's blog.  As one commenter noted, since it's a free service, you're at the mercy of their servers, business plans, and effort.  However, the answer to that is to maintain a traditional notebook, save the yard reports each time you make updates to your records, and print reports periodically to add to your notebook as a summary.

As experienced beekeepers, the creators of Hive Tracks have all kinds of details and features that help you keep track of your queen (age, color if marked, type/breed), your hive components, and your harvest.  I'm excited that I'll be able to rely on something besides notes I scrawl in the notebook while suited up and photographs.  Now it's just a matter of taking the time to sit down and enter in all of the data!

Here is what a screen looks like, with the basic info. on Hive 4.

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