Record Keeping and Maintenance
Throughout the busy season in the apiary (group of hives), beekeepers maintain a record of what's going on. It's important to keep track of when signs of disease or pests appear, methods taken to control them and subsequent results. Beekeepers need to keep track of the dates and hives in which particular activities take place.
When things slow down in the apiary, beekeepers maintain and fix their hives and processing equipment in preparation for the next season. They also order supplies they might need, such as new hive boxes or jars for bottling honey.