A good sign. When I find a frame like that from one of my better queens I pull it to put and hatch out it a different hive and give them a drawn out drone frame to refill.
Yes good idea.
I make these frames by putting an empty frames with starter strips in a hive, there are hives near my nuc yards and the ones that are making the right kind of drones get two of these combs.
Cool. Am I correct in thinking they will only do that for a few weeks in the spring?
They do it all season, but once the hives have enough drones they stop making more and there will be little drone brood, then the drone population drops and they haul honey out of the drone combs and raise some more drones.
If you are past the time when you are mating queens you can always pull the drone combs, along with any mites that are in there.
I usually just move them outside and up where they will be back filled with honey. I could probably do better on IPM than I do.
And it just feels wrong to cull so many bees... I kind of like the drones, cute fuzzy little critters. And a waste of the resources the bees put into feeding and warming all of that brood...
Waste of effort if you have bees that cull the mites on their own.
DarJones - 45 years, 10 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell
Those look to hatch at about the same time, must be a real sight when they all hit the landing board and start their figure 8 flights!
Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.
Yes it's actually pretty amazing how loud a hive is when it's full of drones and it's flying time for them.
A comb full of brood is a beautiful thing, drone or worker.
"Most of my exercise comes from wrestling with pigs and beating dead horses."
A friend of mine has been producing queens from II VSH breeders for long enough that his local population has to be relatively saturated with those genes. They are good queens, and it seems to help a good bit with mites - I don't have sufficient means of measurement to say to what extent. But VSH alone isn't a magic bullet. That's what he says, and my limited observations agree. He counts mites and treats when needed.