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Author Topic: Tons of drone/irregular shaped cone and drone larva  (Read 558 times)
lisbethanne
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« on: March 02, 2014, 03:57:03 PM »

Yesterday I opened my second year hive and found the back of one frame was covered in a "U" shaped pattern with irregular type cells felled with one egg and drone larva. The bottom row was capped.  All the other frames had a good laying pattern and was bringing in pollen and had uncapped honey in spots. I of course have never seen this laying pattern and never have I seen so many drone cells. I did see my queen and the hive temperament was very casual. I am in South Texas and the weather is wacky. One day in the 80's then the next in the 40's. Any advice is so appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 05:43:13 PM »

they gona raise so many drones no mater what you do; they brooding up now at yo temps  drone cells then queen cells and then hang on a limb
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014, 05:50:41 PM »

Be sure they have plenty of empty space to expand to and count your blessings. They are in perfect shape.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014, 12:49:48 AM »

Lisbethanne.
Sounds like your hives look exactly like mine. I went into mine a couple weeks ago and sure seemed like I was seeing a lot of drone cells. What scared me was that I didn't see any brood to speak of. I talked with Mark Gretchen and he mentioned that I might have a laying worker since I never saw a queen(like that's something new, me being able to find a queen).
 I am going to keep a close eye on the hive and I have a queen ordered, just in case. This would be her third year so I was going to re-queen anyway.
 Hope the weather straightens up soon. Too darn cold and windy to be in the hives for a few days.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 12:55:39 AM »

I guess I should have mentioned that I am located toward Seguin from you and if you who I think you are, You are near downtown SA.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 12:09:36 PM »

I am close to downtown San Antonio. I do not know any beekeepers so I am not who you think I am. I would love to know of any beekeeping clubs or meetings near me if you know any or attend any. Stuff like this put me in a tail spin and everyone has a different opinion. I think I am going to open up the hive tomorrow afternoon since the weather looks agreeable. I don't think I will scrape away the cells but I might move it to the edge as another beekeeper suggested. I have seen my queen and I was thinking of splitting my hive since there is two deeps and one super full of comb. I have already ordered another queen. Thanks for responding Crane
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 09:30:57 PM »

Lisbethanne
 Sorry to presume that I know who you are. You have a beekeeping neighbor that would have a handle VERY similar to yours.
A couple years ago I ran into a fellow named Richard Trevino at the rodeo. He is a bigwig with Alamo area beekeepers assn. I haven't joined the club since they meet at a church in Helotes and that is a long way from Seguin. As far as I know they are the only club in the area. Just google them and their name comes up.
Also for any questions you may have, Mark Gretchen mentored me a bit. He is a busy man but he never fails to take the time to answer any questions I have. They have a website and He and his wife are at the Pearl market every Saturday.
I have been fooling with bees for three years and if I can help.. just ask.
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2014, 03:54:39 PM »

Wally- Thank you so much for the information. I don't want to go to Helotes either. I wish there was a group in the NE San Antonio area. I will look up the family at the Pear Market and ask what they did or are doing. I have decided to just let them be. I am going to split in May when I get my new queen so I just hope they last till then. I want to be a low key Bee Keeper and not mess with their work a much as I can. I hope this works.
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