Colony Performance Standards
A strong colony has these characteristics:
Disposition: Gentle bees that are easy to work with; very little tendency to sting under good flight conditions.
Low-level Swarming Instinct: Very few or no swarm cells. Swarm prevention can be a major problem. Colonies with a low-level swarming instinct are most desirable.
Honey Production: Colonies that produce 100 pounds or more of surplus honey are most desirable. This is above the 4O~60 pounds of stores for their use. Double cropping of productive colonies is definitely recommended for increasing your honey production per colony.
Bee population in a hive:
A. One queen (prolific layer)
B. Worker bees
C. Drone bees
*dates vary by climate
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