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    Default Who's got drones

    Where are you located and if u got drones. to help know when it's time to raise queens

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    Default Re: Who's got drones

    Plenty in South Texas ,going to start grafting this week. I should have started 2 weeks ago,but just now getting enough brood to split.

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    We have had plenty of drones here in North Florida. BUT, we haven't had very good mating weather yet this year. I've got some queens that should be mating this week and the forecast is not looking good.

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    I've had drones in Washington all winter.

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    I'm seeing good numbers in my larger hives. Their sitting in almonds down in Hughson CA now but before that they were sitting in Lockford CA.

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    I am in south Arkansas and saw lots of capped drone brood last week.

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    None in North Alabama yet. Going to start putting the feed on them heavy next week. That should help them get going.
    30 hives and counting...
    Huntsville, AL: Alabama's best kept secret

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    Had drones all winter in natural comb hives and plenty of good weather and very little rain.

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    I am a bit north of you. No drones flying around my hives yet. None seen over winter.

    Quote Originally Posted by kramerbryan View Post
    I've had drones in Washington all winter.
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

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    Lot's of early drones mid and south Georgia yards from heavy winter feeding for large expansion split plans.
    Weather not good for queens rearing thou,
    Three story deeps very strong with Apivar mite control for 1st time in years VERY low winter loss.
    John Pluta http://GeorgiaBees.blogspot.com Common Sense KISS Beekeeping Treated Boxes Bees Full Frames Foundation

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    Default Re: Who's got drones

    A dozen miles inland from the Left Coast, except for November and part of December, I had drones most of the Fall and Winter.

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    None is my hives in west Kentucky yet. Checked yesterday. Brood coming along very well but no drone cells yet. Probably be a couple more weeks until my queens start on those cells. Just now getting pollen and a little early nectar flow.

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    Default Re: Who's got drones

    Plenty in Houston also, with more emerging. I caught a swarm on 3-4 that had drones with it.

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    Not much here. I have a few stragglers from last year, and some very young drone brood, but not much else. Very late start this year.
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    Went through 59 hives yesterday and did not see a single one I'm near Charlottesville VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by kramerbryan View Post
    I've had drones in Washington all winter.
    South of you here in Portland Oregon, I pulled off the sugar and had drones! I was shocked at first but it was common in about 9 of the hives I went though. I had a queenless weak hive with a couple of really poor looking Queen cells so I removed the queen cells and gave it two frames of brood, one almost all capped and one with eggs I figured it would give me insurance for a decent drones. (I figure it is 30 days ahead of last year).
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    not far from you here in sc, went through all three boxes yesterday and saw the queen in the bottom deep, capped drone cells and four drones just hanging out I guess.

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    Tons of mature drones here. Seen/heard a lot of them heading out to DCA's yesterday about 3:30 PM.

    Livermore/Tracy CA
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    A few capped drone brood in all 3 of my full size hives in Smithfield, VA.

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    Default Re: Who's got drones

    Had drones in January, not overwintered ones either.

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