Check stores. For emergency feeding, click here.
Check hive entrances are clear.
Check for predator damage.
Oxalic treatment for Varroa? Click here.
How about making something simple this winter. No carpentry involved. Try this.
Other things to make this winter. Click here.
Prepare new frames of foundation.
Watch the bees for pollen intake.
Plants (Crocus, Salix, Viburnum, Blackthorn….)
Consider stimulating by feeding.
Watch for dead hives (varroosis)
Tidy up the apiary whilst the bees are not flying much.
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.
Number of UK Beekeepers.
In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives. They produce 6000 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.