Drone cell questions
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    Default Drone cell questions

    A few days ago we installed a package of bees in a new top bar hive. The worker bees have immediately gone about building comb from several of the top bars. The bees have released the queen from her cage. Assuming she's healthy and the bees have accepted her as the queen, about nine days after she starts laying eggs, we expect to see lots of capped worker bee cells.

    However, my questions are about drone cells. Does the queen, when starting a colony, lay worker bee eggs along with a few drone eggs? Or, does she wait until the colony is reasonably well developed until she starts laying some drone eggs? When should we expect to see capped drone cells?

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    Default Re: Drone cell questions

    >my questions are about drone cells. Does the queen, when starting a colony, lay worker bee eggs along with a few drone eggs?

    Not usually, but if the hive is booming and there is a nice flow they may make some. If they are making drone brood and no worker brood you have a problem.

    >Or, does she wait until the colony is reasonably well developed until she starts laying some drone eggs?

    yes

    >When should we expect to see capped drone cells?

    Next spring right after worker build up.

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