My package hive that really seems to be booming seems to be making an awful lot of drones. Is this normal? Last time I did an inspection they had a good ammount of drone brood, but had a very healthy looking throughly laid brood pattern. Is this just a consequence of them doing well or should I be concerned? Neither of the hives I got from packages last year did nearly this well, they also starved to death this past winter; because the forage around here sucked and I didn't feed when I should have, so I have nothing to compare it too.
This is swarm season, a large population of drones is expected then.
In the winter feed, if necessary, until the majority of the brood area is back filled and they start to build burr comb for storage--then they have enough stores.