Date for drones upstate Ny???
I put an emergency frame of brood and eggs with a cutout I did the other day. They might raise a queen but I've seen no drone cells so far. Any hope?
I live in mass but I usually don't see drones at all until the middle of april and they are still very young at that time.
I have seen overwintered droans in some hives but not sure if they would be any good. I normally don't start raising queens until May 1 and have enough droans around but do see droans flying by the middle of april. You are south of me so I would think you have a shot at getting her mated with a little luck. Let us know if it works out mayby I'll start my queens a little earlier next year.
good luck mike
I know the snow is mostly gone in NY, but you sure are getting a jump on the season, aren't you? Raising cells and queens in SC isn't going all that great here yet. And I figure that on average NY is 4 to 6 weeks behind SC. I'd wait another couple of weeks if I were you.
Originally Posted by Aram
Are you in the Finger Lakes area?
Thank you all.
I'm in Mid Hudson Valley area. It's not my choice to raise a raising a queen, I'm willing to buy one, I just didn't find any yet. To be fair to the homeowners I had to do the removal now before the colony started to build up.
I don't mind waiting a few weeks, I don't know about the bees though. If they start a queen cell and still no drones I'm thinking I could cut the QC and give them another frame of brood. Would that stretch their patience too long? Will I end up with a bunch of laying workers? (I do want drones, just not all drones... ) HAs anyone tried delaying this way?
It is too early for any quality queen rearing in North East.
Unite that colony with a strong one and you can divide them latter, some time in early May.
Did you remove a colony from the wall of someones house? I missed that part. And you didn't get the queen? If you didn't get comb w/ very young brood, the colony won't raise a queen. So, don't sweat the absence of drones.
Originally Posted by Aram
If you have other hives, you could add these bees to another colony.
Get a Queen
Buy a queen from Sam Comfort - Anarchy Apiaries
I added one of his Queens to a cutout I did last summer. It was the only one of my hives to survive the winter.
(was this a cutout from Port Ewen?)
Combining it is then. I have top bar hives so it's a bit trickier.
I removed the bees from a wall, no brood, the little comb was bright yellow, no sign of cocoons in it ever and very little stores. The bees appeared at the house last September after a tornado ripped through the area. My guess is they lost the queen with the move or soon after.
John, I sent you a PM.
Update to my own question: today. I did a quick inspection and found capped drone comb.