Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Celebrate beekeepers

Apiary Book supports beekeepers like you across the world.

Help us celebrate your journey by taking a selfie of you in your apiary, tagging your name and #ApiaryBook on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Answer to the following question: what's beekeeping for you?

We would really appreciate to meet you!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Remote hive monitoring

Curious about remote hive monitoring systems that provides information on bee colonies status to the smartphone or PC?

A few days ago we installed not one, but two different weight scales together with sensors.

We will present our conclusions in the next weeks.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Hive tracking - methods

You can use the method of taking notes using the black marker to write on hive cover...

The translation:
CHECK!! = inspect the hive next time
Q↑ = queen seen
F↓ = not enough food (honey)

Or you can use your smartphone and Apiary Book app, add notes, inspections and reminders. So you will never forget what is the actual status of your hives and make better decisions.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Celebrating 100.000 downloads

We are extremely excited to announce that Apiary Book has reached a new milestone, with more than 100,000 beekeepers like you downloading our app.

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support. This would not have been possible without your valuable feedback on how we can continuously improve the app and the new features that should be introduced.

Rated 4.5 on Android Play Store, we are always working towards how we can allow you to manage your apiary and beehives better.

It always warms our heart to hear your stories about how the app has helped you to make better decisions and take better care of your bees. Do share your stories at bogdan@apiarybook.com. We would love to hear from you.

Thank you again for all your support!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Beekeeping tools - Queen Rearing Calendar

Queen Rearing Calendar is a detailed calendar of events for rearing queen bees.

The dates are calculated based on the day the queen laid eggs or grafting day.

Using this calendar a beekeeper will be able to calculate the necessary steps in raising the queens.

Queen rearing is the process by which beekeepers raise queen bees from young fertilized worker bee larvae.

The beekeeper grafts eggs, which are 3 days of age, into a bar of queen cell cups. The queen cell cups are placed inside of a cell-building colony. This colony must be strong, well-fed and queenless. The colony will feed the larva with royal jelly and develops the larvae into queen bees.

After approximately 10 days, the queen capped cells are transferred from the cell building colony to small mating nuclei colonies.

The queen cells hatch inside of the mating nuclei. After approximately 7–10 days, the virgin queens take their mating flights, mate with 10–20 drone bees, and return to their mating nuclei as mated queen bees.

[Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_bee]

Monday, June 10, 2019

Assistant - Floral calendar

The role of the Assistant is to analyse and present useful insights that will help beekeeper to make better decisions.

The Assistant helps beekeepers to identify important information related to your apiary and offers advises.

Example: presenting the  information of the flowering time of  nectar/pollen source available in the current month.

This is specially important to migratory beekeeping, the colonies of bees are moved from one locality to another during a single season to take advantage of two or more honey flows.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hive timeline

To understand what's happening with your hives, it's important to keep historical records.

You can review easily the beekeeping activities performed for a hive:

1. Open the Apiary Book app
2. In the top left, tap Menu ≡
3. Tap Hives
4. Select a hive
5. The Hive details screen is displayed
6. Choose Timeline
7. Records are displayed.

Timeline contains all the hive records ordered descending by date.

Here are some reasons why you may need to keep records:
- know what to expect at the next inspection
- choose when to make the next inspection
- decide what actions are needed