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  1. #1
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    Default The life of leisure is over

    On this beautiful sunny afternoon my girls are evicting the drones.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    Yeah, mine have been getting their walking papers recently as well. Just yesterday I was checking one of my remote hives and was kind of surprised to still see a couple of drones in residence.
    "Teach your kids to hunt and fish, and you won't have to hunt for your kids"
    Four Ridge Apiaries www.fourridgebees.com

  3. #3
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    Our last 4-5 night have been freezing, but I still have drones all over in my hives. I am surprised that they are not kicked out yet.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    I need the drones still....Found queen cells today. Installed a high powered queen last month, saw her 27 SEP and have two emergency queen cells today. Good thing it will be mild weather for another few weeks here. She is supposed to have hygenic genes crossed with survivor queens, so those genes are worth preserving. I've noticed a lot of drones since I started feeding pollen patties. A good thing.
    LeeB
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

  5. #5
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    I still have drones in one of my hives. The queens in both hives hatched mid last week. Maybe the bees know they need the drones at least for a little while longer.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    Quote Originally Posted by Lburou View Post
    She is supposed to have hygenic genes crossed with survivor queens, so those genes are worth preserving. I've noticed a lot of drones since I started feeding pollen patties. A good thing.
    Do you know what happens when bees mate with their brothers? You could end up with some royal nut cases.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Do you know what happens when bees mate with their brothers? You could end up with some royal nut cases.
    I'll put up a sign extolling the virtues of mating with cousins, not brothers.
    LeeB
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

  8. #8
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    I dread the day when we have our first female President...

    That is something I did not see in my hive all summer was a drone. I did weekly inspections since I picked it up in July. I wonder if they had been run out already due to the poor performance of the hive?

  9. #9
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    I still have drones present, just not in the numbers I had one week ago since it did get down to the 30s here for one night
    "It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!" Zapata

  10. #10
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    Drones are getting the boot here in southeast Ohio, along with the weak, lame, and the lazy ( no mercy ).
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio

  11. #11
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    If the Queen laid the egg that became the drone, wouldnt she be mating with her son? Eeeuh!

    Meridith
    I am frequently confused

  12. #12
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    the queen was already mated. it is her daughter that would be mating with her brother.

  13. #13
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    Default Re: The life of leisure is over

    DUH! srry, end of a og day. Thanks
    Meridith

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