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  1. #1
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    Default When do I have enough drones?

    I am in NC. I have 3 hives. I inherited 40 mediums full of drawn comb as well as 6 deeps. I want to do walk away splits with With my 3 hives and end up with 6. How far into spring before I have enough drones out there for the queen to mate? Will I know it is time when I have queen cells in my hives? I pull those and move them along with some bees to the new hive?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: When do I have enough drones?

    In the spring when the drone larvae in your colonies have purple eyes, I have been told it is time to make your splits. That way you will have a population of emerged and matured drones waiting for the virgins in the splits. If your colonies don't have drones yet, it is too early. Good luck.

  3. #3
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: When do I have enough drones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    In the spring when the drone larvae in your colonies have purple eyes ...
    Here's a link with more info and photos of drone brood with purple eyes:
    http://www.roseofsharonfarm.com/beeKeepingEntry-4.html
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #4
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: When do I have enough drones?

    I like to see some drones flying. It's even easier to raise queens when thre are a LOT of drones flying...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Wilmington nc
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    Default Re: When do I have enough drones?

    What part of NC, I am in Wilmington ,in south east NC.

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