Start 14 day inspection
Easing old frames to edges for replacement
Varroa monitoring – and treatment before first supers in place
Super in plenty of time early in the season
First Complete inspection, in shirt sleeve weather
Start with weakest hive
Check Queen/eggs, space to expand, stores ‘til next inspection
Assess temper for later queen replacement.
For strong colonies think about swarm prevention methods.
Here are 2 main methods. Click on:
Pagden Method of Control.
Demaree Method of Control.
+ Other Prevention Methods.
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.