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  1. #1
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    Default Drones Cappings in February

    I went into my hives the other day and to my amazement I found drone cappings mixed in with my early brood. I live in the northwestern part of NC. Can anybody offer any ideas as to what is going on, the hive is a double deep and is full of bees. Thanks for any advice or answers

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    Most of us are still in January, can't help you there.

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    I noticed the same thing with bees in SC almost 3 weeks ago, the cooler nights might slow things down a bit. wish I knew what the answer is- early spring fever?

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    I'm in Eastern NC...and have 3 very strong hives with drones flying already. At least they were 2 days ago...Looking at my notes from last year, that did not happen until mid February. But I am also concerned with these large swings in temperatures. The maples started blooming really nice and early too...then we got a couple of freezing nights.
    Last edited by apis maximus; 01-31-2013 at 07:12 PM.

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    You said mixed in with brood. Random mixing? Failing Queen? or actual drone brood?
    Poppy's Bees, Queens, and Honey
    Mammoth Cave, KY

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    Randomly mixed with brood usually means your queen is running out of sperm. I would think she will get superceded.

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Most of us are still in January, can't help you there.

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    Early swarmp prep or you got a flow coming on.

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    I saw a few drones the other day when the temps hit almost 70. I didn't go into the hives but watched entrances for a couple of hours and saw several drones going into different hives. Granted we haven't had an extreme winter but wasn't expecting to see drones at this time of year in KY.
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    I think drones, like winter bees, since they're not flying, can survive in the cluster through the winter. The workers don't always get every single one of them kicked out. You may have just seen the lucky ones. Just my thinking though, no good proof.

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    I always have a few drones that over winter.
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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    Are they reg full sized drone cells or bullet capped worker cells. May tell the tale.
    Rick

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    Now that is certainly a thought, I will try to get into the hive this upcoming week as we are supposed to get into the 50's. Thanks so much, I will keep you posted on my findings
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick 1456 View Post
    Are they reg full sized drone cells or bullet capped worker cells. May tell the tale.
    Rick

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    Default Re: Drones Cappings in February

    North Fl. here a mile from Ga. Day temps in the 70’s nights in the 50’s last couple of weeks an 18 year old friend has grafted about 20 q cells cause he has drones flying the last couple of weeks. Got down to 31 last night I think he jumped the gun a bit.
    Im really not that serious

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