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October's To Do List.

Ensure ventilation.

Sort and clean spare equipment for storage.

Monitor varroa drop.

Check stability of the hives.

Reduce inspections.

Install reduced entrance block- 6mm high will act as a mouse guard.

Protect from woodpeckers.

Heft hives on one side with spring balance & double it for total weight. 

If needed give last winter feed.

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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 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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