Drone cells already Feb. 6th
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  1. #1
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    Default Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    The bees are working wide open. Bringing in so much pollen. They're working the dandelion, winter honeysuckle, elms, maple and hen bit right now. One hive has quite a bit of capped drone brood, along with worker capped brood. I'm thinking I should consider replacing this queen early this year. Or maybe it's not a bad thing to start populating the air with drones early? What do you think for middle Alabama time frame drone build up?

    Other hives have lots of worker capped brood.
    IMG_2514 drone cells.jpg There is larvae in cells between drone and worker cells.

    IMG_2517 drone cells.jpg

    This frame is from another hive.
    IMG_2526 capped brood.jpg

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    I'm curious if this was drawn comb that already had drone cells. If so, you'll only get drones in them.

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    They are on comb from last fall, so I imagine it had some drone cells. I didn't think about that. Thanks for your help. I guess it's not a bad thing to have some drones ready early.

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    Definitely not a bad thing - let them take care of business.
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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    I'm located in Lee County (adjacent county to you) and have been seeing drones from stronger hives flying since February 3rd.

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    I saw a post on Fatman’s FB site of a swarm in Georgia.
    Rod

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    Nice brood pattern for this time of year!!

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    Im in Montgomery and saw a drone come out of one of my hives the other day. And a friend of mine was working in Mobile last week and ran across a swarm. I guess they are getting really active already

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    I got a pic of this guy on Jan 17th.
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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    Okay, sounds like it's not abnormal. I see AU bees handled a swarm on Feb. 7th in Auburn. The activity outside the hives is incredible for so early. Spring in Alabama is so short and unpredictable!

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    I have drones and drone brood in about half of my hives now. That is such a pretty brood pattern, I almost hate for you to pinch that queen. I might just drive up there and get her from you!!

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    Well maybe I was bit hasty in my assessment of her....

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    Quote Originally Posted by kramerbryan View Post
    I got a pic of this guy on Jan 17th.
    Drones will over winter at times....but you may already realize this fact.
    sc-bee

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    Lots of mature drones here in NorCal...

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    Default Re: Drone cells already Feb. 6th

    at our club meeting one of our members caught a large swarm on the 6th. Dothan Al.

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