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May to do list.

Supering – add another when bees are on 75% of frames.

Remove and extract rape honey as soon as ripe.

Weekly inspections – Look closely for queen cells.

Have equipment for artificial swarming ready.

Monitoring Varroa.

Look for drones & queen cells.

Put Queen excluders on.

Put first super(s) on.

On Out Apiaries put 3 super on but with newspaper between 1st & 2nd and 3rd & 4th.

Thus ensuring Queen has plenty of room to lay.

Consider taking a small nucleus to raise a fresh queen.

For strong colonies think about swarm prevention methods.

Here are 3 main methods. Click on:

Pagden Method in animated form.

Demaree Method pdf article.

Demaree Method  in animated form.




Developmental Period of Egg to:

Queen  16 days,
Worker 21 days

Drone   24 days

Queen Fertility 23+ days

Drone Fertility 38+ days

Click here for more details.

A Worker Bee 

In summer lives only 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee

In late autumn the queen lays eggs that develop into workers that live for 4/6 months to survive the winter.

Typical Colony:

50/70,000 bees in mid summer

There will be 1 queen,250 drones, 20,000 female foragers,

30,000 female house-bees,

5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000-11,000 larvae being fed,

16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

Number of UK Beekeepers.

In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives. They produce 6,000 tons of honey per year. Each hive is worth about £400 to the agricultural economy. We produce only 20% of the honey we consume - the rest is imported.


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Autumn & Winter Feeding

Published 12 April, 2012

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A colony will need 25 kg of stores to keep them going through the winter. If you take the honey off late August a strong colony should collect this over the next couple of months. If they do not then read the pdf document above on what to do.

 John Farrow Branch Secretary

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