Any idea of when the queens will start laying drones?
I installed two 3# packages with queens in two of my four tbh's on April 17th. One hive is doing so well that I would like to raise a few queens in one of the two empty hives for possible splitting later on; however, I have not seen any drones on/in either of the two hives. The reason I built these hives is because there are no bees in my area, so there'd probably be no drones to fertilize the new queens. I would rather they be fertilized by drones from my hives anyway.