3.3.7.2. Brood area

  • Count the number of combs containing brood. Count the brood as 0.5 if the brood is just on one side of the comb.
  • In addition, the brood area on a central brood comb gives useful information on the brood activity of the hive. A 4 point scoring is recommended for the protocol according to following the scheme:

      - 4 points: brood present on more than 75 % of the comb,
      - 3 points: brood present on 50 – 75 % of the comb,
      - 2 points : brood present on 25-50 % of the comb,
      - 1 point: less than 25 % of the whole comb area is covered with brood.