Insert clearer boards below honey supers.
Remove the supers for extraction.
Extract and store honey.
Full disease inspection.
Varroa treatment – apiguard or similar.
Clean supers for storage..
Unite small colonies, using paper division.
Ensure the colony is left with space to hold ~ 60 lbs honey.
Check water content and labelling requirements.
Clean supers (on colony and then using Certan etc.)
Render wax cappings etc.
Clean or replace dirty super frames.
Move old brood frames to the edge of hive ready for replacement.
Useful Information Throughout the Year
Developmental Period of Egg to:
Queen 16 days; Worker 21 days; Drone 24 days.
Queen Fertility 23+ days; Drone Fertility 38+ days
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A Worker Bee.
In Summer only lives 6 to 8 weeks from the time she hatches as an adult bee. It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.
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.
Number of UK Beekeepers.