I have been working for some time with Bob Sears at the Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association on the preparation of a Hive Inspection Sheet.
This sheet is aimed at new beekeepers and we hope they will use it to start to get into the good habit of effective record keeping but to also encourage them to get used to looking for key indicators in the hive e.g. the presence of supersedure cells, swarm cells, lack of eggs and larvae etc. etc.
I openly admit to being a bad record keeper and I prepared this sheet! So I do promise to work harder and keep better records!.
For those of you interested here are some jpg images of the form... I'm working on how to attach a pdf of the document to the blog!