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  1. #1
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    Default Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    I opened up my thriving hive to find a full box of honey on top and lots and lots of bees. When I worked my way into the brood nest I found plenty of larva, eggs and capped brood and also two small patches of capped drone brood. This seems unusual to me so early in the season in Minnesota but the weather has been unseasonably warm and there is a lot of pollen and nectar coming into the hive. Has anyone else made similar observations?

    I look forward to hearing what you all have to say.

  2. #2
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    Hudson, WI USA
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    Yep, I have some too. Everything is way early. I am a half hour east of MSP.

  3. #3
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    Bloomington, IN, USA
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    I saw capped drone brood last week. Today I saw the drones in the hive!
    Central Indiana
    Much earlier than last year!
    D

  4. #4
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    May 2011
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    Madison, WI, USA
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    I have drone brood in the top box of the two hives I have checked. Plus lots of capped brood.
    life is finite while knowledge is infinite. - Zhuang Zi

  5. #5
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    barry co., Michigan
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    lots of capped brood and capped drones here in W michigan, no drones have emerged yet

  6. #6
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    Pope, AR, USA
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    Drones have not emerged from their capped cells here in north Arkansas but 14 miles South of me they have been flying for 2 weeks!

  7. #7
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    wolcott, ny
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    i have drones walking around in the hive. should be flying this week.

  8. #8
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    Nov 2011
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    Kawartha lakes, Ontario Canada
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    all my hives had capped drone when I went through today supposed to get below freezing tonight and hover around freezing for 2 days. i guess time will tell what this season has in store for us.

  9. #9
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    Nov 2006
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    Tulsa, OK
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    Not in Minnesota, but we had drones at least 6 weeks before normal this year. Before I did my first inspections, I had some drones sitting on the porch of one hive, and I was worried I had a queen problem. Instead, I had a thriving hive that is way ahead of schedule. I sure hope this warm weather tapers off (86 today) or we are headed for another miserably hot summer. (I am going to Minnesota for a week this summer.)

  10. #10
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    Great Falls Montana
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    Unbelievable! We are cold wet and snowy here, but it is all going to break any day. I have hazelnuts blooming! I saw a few drones the other day when i popped lids but they were ones that wintered. I have some hives so strong that I can't imagine how strong they will be in a month.

  11. #11
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    Dec 2010
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    Rice County, MN, USA
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    Default Re: Capped Drone Brood in March in MN?

    What an interesting year this will be! My guess is that the bees have a better sense of what is going on than I do so I plan to keep an eye on the bees and take notes and learn something new. Maybe this will be the year everyone pulls in a great honey crop

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