For one or two hives, its pretty easy to keep track of their status and health, I have gotten into the habit of taking photos of each frame to map their progress, but to do this takes time and you need a helper, not the most efficient way to record the progress. Hive Tracks is brilliant and great for a few hives, the visual aspect is what you are looking for, so much easier to convey words in pictures. I was a bit put off by the monthly expense, I know its not expensive but I just cannot operate a tablet or phone from the apiary with gloves in the sunshine…I love bricks, there is a whole language in brick placement but bricks fall off my pitched rooves. However there is another solution. I have put together a Hive Inspection Sheet to pin to a clipboard where you can note all aspects of the hive on paper and then return this for input into Hive Tracks, BeeTight or even a simple spreadsheet. These sheets have been around for a while, this is a customised version, happy to share with anyone who would like a copy (it is attached to a Hive Spreadsheet dashboard that I am working on, so be prepared for a few revisions along the way).
This available for download from the following Facebook Group and is easily customisable for any situation. Check back regularly for updates.
Sample Image Inspection Sheet
Sample Image Hive Dashboard Spreadsheet (still under development)