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January to do list.

 

Treat for Varroa with Oxalic or Lactic Acid. Click here.

How about making something simple this winter. No carpentry involved. Try this.

Other things to make this winter. Click here.

Check Hives for predator damage.

Clean and prepare spare equipment [Supers, frames, Q. excluders etc....].

Attend all winter meetings.

Heft your hives [add the weight of both sides].

For feeding details click here.

Watch for staining at the entrance.

Expect some dead bees by the hive.

Read some bee- keeping books from the library.

Consider taking some assessments (Basic, Husbandry, Modules esp. Mod 3).

Plan your activities for the year (Increase, maximise honey crop, queen replacement, queen rearing, new techniques).

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

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.

24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

 

 

 
 
 
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