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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Forest grove, Ore USA
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    Default How many drones?

    How do I know when enough drones are flying to pull of splits and grafting? Apart from local lore of course

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How many drones?

    I suggest waiting until you begin to see drone pupae with purple eyes to ensure mature drones are available to mate with your virgin queens.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How many drones?

    Well, so far I am seeing a few capped drone cells. Is there a number or ratio of drones, hatched or not that I see when I know there are enough to statistically ensure successful mating?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: How many drones?

    If you have enough that you notice drones flying, you're probably good.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Default Re: How many drones?

    Ok then

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