I have a hive with a carniolan queen which is mated with italian drones. The bees were allowed to draw comb on thier own without any foundation. They drew the comb pretty good but i would say they have built around 50 percent of the comb as large cells for drones and the other 50 percent small cells for workers.
They did fill most of the large cells with pollen and honey last season. Its getting into spring here and the bees are coming up fast. The bees have already used up most of the honey and pollen which i left in the hive and the queen is laying pretty much everywhere in the brood box.
What i find interesting is that the queen is laying almost the same amount of drone brood and worker brood. There are a lot of drones already in the hive. She is laying a very good pattern. I use 2 brood boxes, She has layed around 8 frames of worker brood in great pattern and around 7 frames of drone brood too.
Is this a common thing to happen. I am not really worried because the queen in a young one from last year autumn and she is laying a great pattern. I am just curious to know if its how the bees maintain the worker/drone ratio in spring and summer in colonies with natural comb(foundation less).? Is there any advantage or disadvantage of having a lot of drones in the hive?
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