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Anthony Appleyard 

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If a hive's queen (or succession of queens) lay n worker eggs in a year, and thus about n worker bees have lived in that hive in that year, what does that hive's maximum worker workforce in that year tend to be?
 

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Impossible to know exactly as a lot variables are undeterminable and it would be pure assumption. For example you could determine with a certain accuracy how many brood cycle you get in a year (21) but it is impossible to know how many worker eggs a queen will lay per cycle. You could work on the premise that a queen lay 1000eggs/day and about 10-15% is drone brood. Realistically, a queen doesn't lay 1000 eggs per day so out through the window goes your calculation.
 

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And ...you would have to say ... what tangible benefit is there to knowing the answer ...that's a nice way of saying... who cares ?
Well you know how Anthony likes his facts and figures so that he can annotate Wiki pages
 
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Well you know how Anthony likes his facts and figures so that he can annotate Wiki pages
Everyone to their own ... I can see the vital nature of the addition of such figures to Wiki ... Yawn.... remind me when I am less busy to get my computer geek son to work out an algorythm - perhaps one a bit like the one they used to calculate the UK Exam results during Covid ...ZZZZzzzzzzzz
 

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A starting point might be this paper:
Becher, M.A., et al., Brood temperature, task division and colony survival in honeybees: A model
Then develop it to cover the different perspective....
 

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Somewhere around 270,000 - 300,000 eggs a season give or take a few thousand.
a workers life is around 6 weeks so 42 days.
1000 x 42 = 42,000- natural death rates/predation
1500 x 42 = 63,000 - as above
2000 x 42 = 84,000 - as above.

Depends on how prolific the queen is and amount of brood space in hive and a thousand other variables but you get the general idea of the maths I guess. Laying rate fluctuates through the season.
 

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Two langstroth boxed has about 16000 swarm bees. Count, how many boxes the hive has. Then, when swarm has been 3 weeks in those boxes, there remain only half out of original number.
 
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If you follow nature documents, the hive may be 10 litre or 300 litre, but the queen lays always 2000 eggs in a day.
 

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