Is there a recommended checklist to help the beekeeper?

Q: Is there a recommended checklist/inspection sheet to help the beekeeper (me) remember everything he/she needs to check for when routinely inspecting a hive? Also for keeping track purposes? Thank you in advance. I will be very happy to obtain such a checklist sheet. D. Ganit, via the internet

A: The recommended one is the one that works for you—the one that you’ll actually use. That might be something electronic, a small note pad that fits in your pocket, a comprehensive checklist, or something primitive but easy-to-use, like a varying number of pebbles on the top cover to indicate various issues.

There are a couple really helpful articles and one grand checklist on this very topic. Please see our March and May 2012 issues. Those free back issues are available at

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