One of the most critical tasks that beekeepers do is check on their hives. Knowing how the queen, brood, and other aspects of the hive are doing is critical to good hive management and long term colony performance. However, beekeepers seem to have their own individual lists of what to look for when they open up a hive, and few of them keep systematic records of what they find. Fewer still perform an analysis on which management practices worked for which problems identified in their inspections. And yet, Hive Inspection data has a tremendous amount of potential to improve beekeeping in general, and for the beekeepers that use it in particular.
In this article, we discuss why we need a framework for hive inspections and then present the Healthy Colony Checklist as both an easy-to-use framework and practical inspection checklist to consider. Next month we plan to continue this discussion by showing how we are testing and validating this framework, describing how you can find and use it and sharing how we see this evolving over time.
Why We Need a Framework for Hive Inspections
A framework can be defined as a….
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