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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Default Killing drone brood?

    Today I noticed that my bees are dragging drone pupae out of the hive. At first I thought it was chilled/chalk brood, but on closer inspection the pupae aren't dessecated. They're most and plump and they literally look like they were developing fine.

    This is also a hive that had a laying worker and now has a laying queen. All the capped brood currently in the hive are the drones left over from the laying worker. There are quite a few cells with eggs/larvae from the new queen. My question is this, will the bees after recognizing that they have a new queen dispose of the drone brood to make room for worker eggs? Or is this indicative of some potential problem?

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    Default Re: Killing drone brood?

    "...will the bees after recognizing that they have a new queen dispose of the drone brood to make room for worker eggs? "
    thats what they're doing-making room.
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Killing drone brood?

    Ok good. That's what I was hoping they were doing. It was a little disconcerting to see worker bees dragging white drone bodies out the front of the hive and pitching them on the ground.

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