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Thread: drone cappings

  1. #1
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    I have a new hive\ three and a half weeks old and i am seeing some, not a lot of drone cappings on the top third of a couple frames. this is normal new queens will lay a few here and there and I shouldn't worry about replacing her right?

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    As long as drones are by far the minority (10% or less) I wouldn't worry too much. If there are more, I would cull the drone comb before I'd requeen. She will lay drone when the workers build it. If they are all drone, then something is very wrong.

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    Hi, If you are finding capped drones cells in worker brood cells there is a problem. If there is just a lot of drones cells and the queen had laid them up, no big deal. But you might want to cull the comb to reduce the amount of drones at some point.

    Clay

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