Beekeeping as a craft is 10, 000 years old. Beehives were significantly different from the ones we know today, and there are records that even ancient Egyptians kept a detailed log of their hives and colonies. Of course, back then beekeeping didn’t resemble the craft it is today. Nowadays this occupation is developing and changing quite rapidly.

For the past couple of years, beekeeping has been on the rise all over the world. More and more people want to take up this craft, either as amateurs or professionals. Aside from a beehive, a colony, and tools, a ’must-have’ for anyone who wants to properly commit to this craft is the beekeeping diary. This is where all changes and states in the apiary should be noted, as well as plans for taking care of the apiary. Therefore, we could say the beekeeper’s diary is a beekeeper’s personal Bible. People who are still fond of traditional pen and paper could use a plain notebook for their diary, and for those who prefer modern technologies, there are many apps which enable this kind of logging. Improper logging and journaling (writing information directly on hives) is a very big mistake for any beekeeper, especially beekeepers who are just starting out. This kind of journaling is unreliable because weather conditions can damage and erase information from the hives and you could easily lose track of what you wrote and when. Logging information may be impractical for many beekeepers, because of the suit and gloves that need to be worn at the apiary and because of the time and devotion it requires. Beekeepers with only a few colonies may find this logging redundant, but once you have a bit more colonies and a good harvest, you’ll thank yourself for being thorough from the beginning.

Advantages of the Beekeeper’s Diary

Beekeeper’s diary requires a bit more time and dedication, and it affects the quality of your work significantly. You don’t need to invest a huge amount of money into it – you can use a plain notebook. Even using premium features of beekeeping mobile apps costs the same as a notebook. You should log information into your diary after each and every beehive inspection. Each inspection has a reason behind it. The more detailed the entries, the less time will you need for your next inspection. The beekeeper’s diary should contain information about the way the colony was formed, the strength of the colony, the quality of the hive, the amount of honey and pollen, the Queen Bee’s age, the bees’ diet at the moment, etc. It’s also very important to log diseases of the colony, if any, along with the used medication and products. You can log information into your diary in a way that works best for you, and apps usually come with a pre-set clear structure, which helps you save time. Another crucial thing about the beekeeper’s diary is hive marking – this helps you log relevant and reliable information.

Thanks to a detailed record, you’ll have control over your apiary, you’ll save time, your tasks will be organized and you’ll minimize surprises. Beekeeping diary will give you confidence in your work, and the information in it will stop you from opening hives too often to check on them, which is highly disruptive and has negative effects on the harvest. Without a beekeeping diary, scientific research wouldn’t be possible, along with the development and modernization of beekeeping.