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  1. #1
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    Default Why were the first batch laid drones?

    I just checked a nuc I started with a virgin queen. Last week I posted that I had a bad queen. It turns out to be just the oppisite. She is now laying a very good worker pattern.
    Why were her first batch of bees capped drones, I thought she was bad and was gonna pinch her, but now she is diong great. I guess she just needed time. but everyone said she was bad. Glad I didn't kill her and gave her time
    If it isn't broken, don't try to fix it. If you build it, they will fill it.

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    Default laying workers

    some times if something just don't go wright with the queen and her mating in a timely manner the workers will start to lay a few eggs before the virgin's starts to lay. It not that the Queen didn't lay the wright eggs in the cells. I have seen this a few times when the queen cell I put in a mating nuc didn't turn out and they raised an emergency queen and this caused the workers to start laying usually a few days just before the queen did.

  3. #3
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    the colony will always try to maintain a certain % of drones in the colony. Perhaps you were low...? Just a thought...
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    Perhaps there were a few laying workers, doing their thing, until the queen got busy herself.
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    They were bigger targets, until she got the hang of it

  6. #6
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    Elbert, Colorado, USA
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    I thought the hive wouldn't accept a queen in a hive with laying workers...

  7. #7
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    Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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    Big Grin

    Quote Originally Posted by dcross View Post
    They were bigger targets, until she got the hang of it
    Can I just say one part of getting into beekeeping that I didn't expect, but am pleased to find is all the potential comedy material. Not to threadjack, but it had to be said...

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