Friday, June 17, 2016

Life cycle of your beehive

We never received a queen with our first nuc and we found ourselves in a situation as we didn't have any contacts in the bee industry so what do we do? 
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Some feel that it is throwing good money after bad to purchase a new queen in hopes that our bees will accept a new queen. 

    A queen bee can lay up to 2000 eggs a day.

A starter queen in a package can lay about 3000 bees a day - as things calm down - in 21 days you have a new bunch of bees. Bees live about 6 weeks. At 6 weeks the colony is stressed again as the population is replenished and things are moving forward and ever changing. The tention will still be there as the adult population is taking care of the new babies some dying off - new being born and on and on it goes - and on and on they are forging collecting pollen, taking care of babies. At 6 weeks they are almost at the same point as they were at day one - Building wax, forge, and taking care of babies and the queen is laying like mad - The population of a package will decrease before it increases it is a stressful time for the colony as well as the beekeeper - Make sure they are all being feed well during this whole process.

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