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tryintolearn
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« on: July 29, 2012, 08:47:19 AM »

am i supposed to be scrapping the drone cells off?
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012, 08:48:12 AM »

saw several less than 10 but i just put the frame right back in
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2012, 09:03:05 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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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2012, 12:12:44 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.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2012, 02:34:16 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or poorly mated and in need of replacement (though, again, I usually allow the girls to know when the queen needs to be superceded.)
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2012, 08:51:08 AM »

thanks for the input
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