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  1. #1
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    Feb 2010
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    Default Capped Drones in Western Massachusetts

    This is an FYI for New England beeks.

    Upon isnpecting 20 hives today, all strong colonies have at least 1 frame of capped drones. The weaker colonies do not have any drones. My strongest colonies have 3-5 deeps frames of capped worker brood. There is nectar coming in too.

    I write this beacuse usually 30 days after capped drones swarm season will be here. I am quite surprised to see these capped drones. The weather has been cold, cloudy, and windy for weeks. Swarm traps will be going up this week.
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

  2. #2
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    Apr 2006
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    Pepperell, MA.
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    Default Re: Capped Drones in Western Massachusetts

    I'm not surprised. I think the bees do it by the length of the day and we base a lot on weather. It's a late spring here but the bees dont have thermometers!
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  3. #3
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    Feb 2012
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    Northfield, Massachusetts, USA
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    Default Re: Capped Drones in Western Massachusetts

    Thanks for the info, will mark this down.

    Do you rotate the hive bodies?
    Was the cluster broken?

    Thanks
    Dean

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    Default Re: Capped Drones in Western Massachusetts

    I do rotate but not yet. I like to see more brood and pollen before I rotate. The cluster was loose on the brood. They were gathering honey from the wall frames. I moved full honey frames next to the cluster.
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

  5. #5
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    Mar 2013
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    Hartford County, CT
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    Default Re: Capped Drones in Western Massachusetts

    Thanks for the update Michael.

  6. #6
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    Bristol,MA,USA
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    Default Re: Capped Drones in Western Massachusetts

    Very good to know. Thanks!

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