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I'm keen to hear feedback on the use of apps in beekeeping. There seems to be a fair few of them. Our company has MyApiary and to be honest I still cant decide whether it improves beekeeping above the old forms of keeping records - notebook and pen. 

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The only app that would be useful is one where a hammer smacks you on the head whenever you decide to look at your phone instead of  looking through your hives.

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On 17/07/2019 at 7:58 AM, Trevor Gillbanks said:

You can't beat the notebook and pen

I use a notebook with letters down one side A to Z, makes finding each site really fast and easy. 

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On 17/07/2019 at 8:55 AM, Dennis Crowley said:

The only app that would be useful is one where a hammer smacks you on the head whenever you decide to look at your phone instead of  looking through your hives.

Yeah my feeling after using one. More ticket clippers jumping in on the action

 

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I've looked but not found anything computer or app based that provides what I want.  Nucs are numbered and I use a notebook for them , for Queen raising a notebook and write on frames etc also mating nucs are numbered, and for hives mainly by writing on the lid or tape placed on a different position on the lid tells me something.  Some info gets transferred into a master spreadsheet daily for easy future reference eg strips in, eg feeding done eg last visit eg action required at site etc.

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For me the best record is writing on the lid with a posca  queen marker as they last, unlike a vivid.

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On 20/07/2019 at 1:08 PM, Philbee said:

For me the best record is writing on the lid with a posca  queen marker as they last, unlike a vivid.

Alfex tag pen works great on steel lids can generally read it a year later

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On 16/07/2019 at 11:51 PM, Beefulla said:

I'm keen to hear feedback on the use of apps in beekeeping. There seems to be a fair few of them. Our company has MyApiary and to be honest I still cant decide whether it improves beekeeping above the old forms of keeping records - notebook and pen. 

I purchased an annual subscription of MyApiary (got a 30% discount during the trial period, which I used when I paid).  It would be a good app I think - if you could actually use it when you are outside cell phone area (who in their right mind would create a beekeeping app that you can only use in areas with cell phone reception!), and if you could get it to give you a reminder on a date that something needs to be done in your apiaries (e.g. the date you want to remove varroa strips).  Unless they change these two things in the next year, I won't be renewing my subscription.

 

Can anyone tell me where they get their weatherproof stickers that can be put on the lids - which can survive New Zealand's strong sun? I got some printed in China and shipped to New Zealand, but they are delaminating after a few months of sun-bathing.

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I just have a diary that I write in usually while my worker is opening a gate. If it takes longer to fill in than it takes to open and close a gate it is too slow for me. I just write down the important bits, what I did and what I need next time.

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7 hours ago, Jamo said:

I just have a diary that I write in usually while my worker is opening a gate. If it takes longer to fill in than it takes to open and close a gate it is too slow for me. I just write down the important bits, what I did and what I need next time.

So true. My diary runs in chronological dates. Easy to see the last time visit. 

Two or better one line per apairy visit. 

My current book, from 2017.  Probably get another year or two, but will be tatty like a hanky. 

Must say, I hardly refer to it....a quick glance to see what I did/saw last time.

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In the poly nuc yard, under the rock or brick on the lid I have cut up old venetian blinds, which I write on with a tag pen.  That way for the poly yard, I don't have to consult a diary.

 

Re apps: The AFB app is good for those unfamiliar with AFB symptoms  https://app.afb.org.nz/

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On 19/10/2019 at 10:06 AM, Maggie James said:

 

Re apps: The AFB app is good for those unfamiliar with AFB symptoms  https://app.afb.org.nz/

 

This was mentioned the other day,  does it work outside of cell coverage now?    

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5 hours ago, Hector Wong said:

Doesn't work on iphone 8

 

If you got an iphone 8, you making to much money to be a beekeeper, so wont need an app

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Hmmm ..... I got an I phone ...... no idea what number it is but  it must be a young 'un as it's still working.  It takes nice photos too . It's got no B App on it ..... that's reserved for the Hive book ..... a 99c special from the Glentunnel store.  Each season gets a new 99c special .   Each hive visit is recorded, just a date and a tally ..... keeps track of the weeks as they tend to run away at this time of year.

 

I think I mentioned before ..... in a past lifetime when I was on a  corporate expense account    I had a real smart App. It was in house designed and a beauty.   Recorded visits, tasks, tally's, photos and GPS locations .... and sent all the info back to home base.

The best part was the photo's ..... as a photo is worth a million words and gave one a real appreciation of what things were looking like over the whole empire , all date stamped for historical reference.

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Dennis Crowley said:

If you got an iphone 8, you making to much money to be a beekeeper, so wont need an app

No money in beekeeping when I only have 7 hives that's why I have a day job and the iphone comes with that.  If weather doesn't improve shortly then there won't be any honey this season either. 

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Oh there you are Hector ..... where you been hiding ?

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23 hours ago, jamesc said:

 

I think I mentioned before ..... in a past lifetime when I was on a  corporate expense account    I had a real smart App. It was in house designed and a beauty.   Recorded visits, tasks, tally's, photos and GPS locations .... and sent all the info back to home base.

Yep I have one of those - it’s called wife

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classic !!

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4 hours ago, Dennis Crowley said:

Yep I have one of those - it’s called wife

Much more usefull than if it was a husband .

You would never get all that stuff done in such an efficient  and uncomplaining manner if it was a husband .

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Wanted to reply to that earlier, but wasn’t quite sure how to respond!

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