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  1. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    UPDATE: Yesterday I went into the hive and saw the new queen. I saw some uncapped brood in "worker" comb, and tons of drones.

    Technically this was a successful split, but it is NOT what I...
  2. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    Thanks Michael and JW. I am a bit too antsy.
  3. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    Thanks for the reply, Ruth. I had originally planned to wait until the 15th or 16th to see if there were any eggs or brood. I'll take a look next week.

    Phil
  4. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    Update on split: The concern when I decided to split was whether there were sufficient numbers of drones in the neighborhood where I had left the hive queenless. In summary, when I split on April...
  5. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    Nice to hear from you crabbydad. I have seen a few drones flying yesterday and more today. I think by the time that the (now queenless) colony raises a queen there will be interested drones. ...
  6. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    Thanks all for your input.

    I completed the split today (while some of you were responding). I took a look at a colony several miles from the one I split. There were quite a few drones in that...
  7. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    @ruthie: Yeah! I was hoping some folks in the Baltimore area would add their opinions, and whether they have seen drones.

    I have a couple of weak colonies a couple of miles away. I will take a...
  8. Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    @Clayton: Thanks for the reply.

    If I DO see drones when I go in tomorrow, they will be young, having just emerged, likely since Friday the 13th. However, the hive that becomes queenless tomorrow...
  9. Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    I have an overwintered colony with a really good queen. There is a lot of brood, including capped drone, but last Friday when I added a honey super, I did not see any drones.

    Tomorrow is a good...
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