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Offline ikwezinz

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Late drones in NZ
« on: June 18, 2011, 02:14:19 AM »
I have three hives going into winter in New Zealand, we are having a very mild autumn, two of my hives seem to be hunkering down for Winter, still foraging etc though.

One of my hives however has a fair amount of drones, only seen them in the past 3 weeks, is this normal in a mild start to winter, just strange the other two have not done the same?

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Re: Late drones in NZ
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011, 04:31:31 PM »
Addition to the above, I managed to get an inspection done between the rain, I have supercedure queen cell, but yet loads of brood and eggs. None of my other hives have drones, so a new queen will have a slim chance of a good mating, it is too late for buying a queen, so any suggestions ? Do I let nature take her course

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Re: Late drones in NZ
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011, 06:22:41 PM »
See if the bees can figure it out, ya let nature take it's course.   Maybe you will have good weather for a mating flight before it turns cold.

 

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