I have just received by email a request from a beekeeper for permission to copy and print from Dave Cushman’s web site my hive record cards. That’s what they’re there for! If you, dear reader, wish to do so too, just google Dave Cushman beekeeping site and use the index to find it under ‘Chris Slade’s Record Card’.
Although I refer to them as hive record cards, really they are bee records as I number the queens rather than the hives. The cards are designed to fit in a filofax and so are portable and can be taken to the hive. If, having examined a colony, you can, unveiled, use its lid as a desk top for recording what you found you can enter a score of 5 in the ‘Temper’ column. If you had hastily to replace the lid and run for the refuge of your car, enter a score of 0!
I intend, during the winter, to go through the 200 or so old cards and attempt to construct family trees to see whether they are linked to any useful trends that could be selected for. This is possible, at least on the female side, because the cards record the mother and regal daughters of the current queen.
If you aren’t already familiar with it, it’s worth exploring Dave’s site which I regard as the best beekeeping website in the world! Be warned that it is informative rather than glossy.