Eliminating undesirable drones
I have 3 hives which have requeened themselves over the past few years. Two hives are absolute non-producers, I haven't been able to take any honey off them for 3 years. Anyway I have several other hives I'd like to raise queen stock off of. There are other beeks in my area but not many. I'd like to reduce the chances my undesirable hives have of contributing to the queens I am going to raise this spring. Suggestions on how to eliminate them?
I thought about a combination escape board and excluder entrance but I think they would just join other hives if locked out. I have added drone frames to my best hives to increase their presence. Don't yet have an outyard to move the undesirables away to so that isn't an option yet and I need the new queens in order to cycle new genes into those hives.
Only thing I can think of is to add excluders to bottom of the undesirable hives during my queen mating flight periods in order to trap the drones inside their hives so they cannot join the DCA.
Any other ideas?
Last edited by wfarler; 03-17-2009 at 08:34 PM.
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