Updated: May 6
Yes, predicting the future population of your beehive is possible.
Do you have an expanding population? More eggs and larvae than capped brood mean expansion.
Do you have an expanded population? Your beehive will have more capped brood with fewer eggs and larvae.
Stable population? One frame of eggs, two larvae and three capped brood frames.
Declining population. Your bees are ‘shutting down’ and making a smaller cluster.
Another factor to consider is the amount of pollen and honey stored in frames. In addition, anticipate Autumn flowing plants and trees in your area. What is going to flower next?
Weak hives (three of four frames of bees) should be put in a nuc box or merged with a strong hive. Bees with little honey stores will need feeding with sugar syrup.
The work you do in Autumn will reward you in Spring.
Beekeeping Education Event.
Now is the time for your Autumn full hive inspection.
1️⃣ What diseases should I look for in my hive?
2️⃣ How can I prepare my hive for winter?
3️⃣ What are my autumn supplemental feeding options?
Then "Visit the Apiary - Autumn Hive Inspection" will answer your questions.