Some people don't know what the word average means or how to calculate an average.
Well the volume of sperm a queen can hold is finite. and in a poorly mated queen this can be a problem. case in point is the drone layer. Btu for the adequately mated queen I believe that this limit far exceeds any possible number of eggs she could lay. So unless you have some expectation of your queen living 20 years or something like that. limited sperm is not going to become an issue.
For some reason I have the 8 million in my head for the number of sperm. If a queen did contain that many it means she could lay 1500 fertilized eggs per day for 14.5 years.
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I was trying to find that number in The Encyclopedia of Beekeeping and didn't find it. It did say that queens may live three or four years.
No matter how many drones a queen mates w/ the sperm that doesn't fit into the spermatheca gets ejected from the abdomen.
I don't think anyone knows how much honey bees consume to make a lb of wax.
However if I say my hives made 100 lb's of honey, I would mean that whatever honey I have extracted, put in the tank, and weighed, divided by the number of hives, ='s 100 lb's.
That's what average means.
Other thing I'm wondering about with these multiple extractions in one season is moisture content.
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2700 lbs, thats just over 4 barrels of honey right>?
kinda like your hives going into winter with 10 plus lbs of pollen stores, and your hives maintaining over 200000 bees, without swarming troubles,
all done with no treatments, feed, or losses ,
hand over that coffee please,
lets first start with your blueberry honey crop, 4 barrels worth off of 30 hives, sitting on 15 acres of Blueberries?