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.
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 2 main methods. Click on:
Pagden Method of Control.
Demaree Method of Control.
+ Other Prevention Methods.
USEFUL INFORMATION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Developmental Period of Egg to:
Drone 24 days
Queen Fertility 23+ days
Drone Fertility 38+ days
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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.
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.
24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.