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  1. #1
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    Default Drone removed

    I have a few hives that are removing drone brood and wanted to know if anyone has any ideas as to why? Is this considered a desirable trait or is this a sign of a big problem?
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    Default Re: Drone removed

    I think it means the hive is light on resources so they get rid of drones. All drones do is eat and mate. But like i said i could be wrong. Wait till someone with more experience come along.

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    Default Re: Drone removed

    If you have varroa sensitive bees they will remove mite infested larva. If it's that, it's good.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Drone removed

    Also, it is possible that at least some of the dead drone brood was outside of the area the cluster could keep warm on a cold night, and so the (cold) drone brood did not survive. Drones may be more likely to be raised in 'nook and cranny' space outside the core broodnest as standard foundation makes it harder to raise drones.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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