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October's To Do List.

Honey Sugar Ziplock Bag
 Honey/Sugar Feed

If colonies are light give a feed.

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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. 

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 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.

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.




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