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Offline tryintolearn

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drone comb?
« on: July 29, 2012, 09:47:19 AM »
am i supposed to be scrapping the drone cells off?

Offline tryintolearn

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Re: drone comb?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012, 09:48:12 AM »
saw several less than 10 but i just put the frame right back in

Offline yockey5

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Re: drone comb?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2012, 10:03:05 AM »
Drones are a part of a healthy hive until fall. The bees will drag them out in the fall. They (the workers) know what they need.

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Re: drone comb?
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2012, 01:12:44 PM »
If they are in the way, cut them out.   If you are using a green frame for  mite control, freeze it and the bees will clean it up.  The bees know how many drones they need.

Offline L Daxon

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Re: drone comb?
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2012, 03:34:16 PM »
I don't use the green drone frames, but occasionally I will come across a frame that has a big spot/section of mostly capped drone cells and i will pull that out and freeze it for mite control.  Frequently that is buy itself in one of the top boxes/honey supers as I do not use a queen excluder.

But on the whole I believe in letting the girls make the amount of drone they think they need.  They understand that better than I do.

But you might watch cause if a mated queen is producing way too much drone she could be getting old or poorly mated and in need of replacement (though, again, I usually allow the girls to know when the queen needs to be superceded.)
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Offline tryintolearn

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Re: drone comb?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2012, 09:51:08 AM »
thanks for the input

 

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