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    I went through the hives yesterday feeding and marking the queens I could find. All had brood, pollen coming in, etc. The strongest hive had a full frame of drone brood along with other frames of normal brood. I'm not sure what to think about it, but I think I'll leave it to hatch as I plan some splits in a few weeks. This hive also has some 'attitude', but most of the best producers seem to be that way. I wonder if the drone brood points to a stronger swarm urge?

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    maybe it is because that particular frame is old and the cells are bigger...,aking them drone cells. I had to throw some old frames away because they were frames that had cells that were drone cells.
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Raising drones is just what they do as soon as they think spring has arrived. No drones would be an indicator they think spring has not arrived yet or they don't have the resources to spend on it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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