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Thread: Drone Problem

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    I just looked at my hive and I noticed 3 or 4 drones on the landing board that were running around and trying to fly but were unable to. They looked healthy and all but I'm curious as to whats possibly wrong with them. I also saw a few bees with shriveled wing so I thought it might be varroa but I'm not very certain.

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    I'd uncap some drone and look at them. Also do a sugar roll and maybe put a sheet of cardboard on the bottom with some oil on it (Pam, vegatable oil, or FGMO). You can do a natural drop count on the bottom. See how many Varroa you find.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Do I need to put a screen over the cardboard?

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    If the cardboard is just coated with some oil, no. If it's a sticky board (like sticky paper) yes.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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