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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
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    Fayetteville, Arkansas
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    Default Drone brood already in NW Arkansas

    This will be my third season with my bees. Started out late 2 years ago with doing a cutout from my grandparents house after the Joplin tornado. Then later that fall found a large feral open air hive and brought it back home and transferred it to a hive box. Did splits last year and two hives jumped to six. 3 of the hives are a deep and a medium and the other three are single deeps. I opened my hives the other day, 60 degrees and sunny. All 6 doing very well. 5/6 having frames of lots of capped brood. 1/6 having small area a bit larger than a soft ball of capped brood but throughout 5 frames front and back. 3/6 having more than one box with capped brood. Saw 5/6 of my queens and all hives have new brood/eggs. I went ahead and put mediums on all 6. They are moving fast and early here in NW Arkansas. One of the larger hives population is heavy and has lots of brood(capped and uncapped) throughout the 6 deep frames and like 5 of the medium frames. Some of the medium frames are a bit messy where the wax foundation got hot and folded a bit and in those areas the queen has laid and now there is capped DRONE brood. It's not a lot. Small areas on just a few frames on the lower outer edge of a large regular worker brood area with wonderful laying patterns. It's early... and that's the only reason I am worried. I found no other evidence of possible swarm action and like I said I placed a new medium box on top. I might do that again this weekend depending on the weather and what they have done so far with the new medium. We have a few things blooming here already like quints and buck brush and the bees are foraging and bring pollen back too. This hive will most likely be my first split of the year. what do you guys think? Stay this course ?

    Sully

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Lowell, Arkansas, USA
    Posts
    62

    Default Re: Drone brood already in NW Arkansas

    Guess I need to go dig around in the hives once the weather warms back up. I have only peeked in them once a couple of weeks ago. I've been itching to check them out, but the weather doesn't seem to want to cooperate with my schedule.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Benton, Arkansas, USA
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    211

    Default Re: Drone brood already in NW Arkansas

    I am in central Arkansas and also saw drone brood last Sunday while I was feeding. I am sorry I cant be of much help on the splitting. I have did split last year, but waited until queen cells were present, which was later in March (last year). Best of luck with your bees.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Clay Count, Missouri, USA
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    819

    Default Re: Drone brood already in NW Arkansas

    Good to hear from you guys in Arkansas. I'm in central Missouri and use Arkansas and southern Missouri to give me an idea when spring will be here. Seems like, your weather moves up here at a rate of about 100 miles a week. So in three weeks or so we might see drone comb. Again thanks for the update.
    Try living life with the attitude it's not about what you want to do but what you should do!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Scott, Arkansas, USA
    Posts
    148

    Default Re: Drone brood already in NW Arkansas

    I am also frim central Arkansas and bee n seeing some drone around the front of my hives. I have lifted the lid and looked in the hives but sounds like i need to go deeper in and do a good check to see how far along they are. Had a friend about 20 miles from said he had a hive swarm last year the 3rd week of February.

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