Re: Drone colonies
I was wondering the same thing.
My question is what if you pic a couple of colonies that you want for drones, raise queens from them put them in nucs and clip them before they mate. Than they will lay exclusively drone eggs. Of course you would have to supplement the nuc with nurse bees, or frames of brood to keep them going. At the end of the queen rearing season you would just recombine or try to keep them going through the winter in a nuc.
Would this flood the area with more drones than putting a couple of drone frames into the hive? It sure would be more work than using drone frames.
Has anyone tried this? I have not.
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