Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.
I had promised myself that last week I made my last split. Well, Sunday I got into one of my stronger hives and found a whole bunch of drones and capped drone cells. And I can always use a few extra queens, so I made another split today with the intention of harvesting queen cells and getting a few mated queens out of the deal. I was suprised to see so many drone cells this late in the season, an indication of a late summer swarm prep? Going to give the mini mating nucs another try, maybe even try to overwinter one just to see how long they last. Temps today are in the high 90's. Apparently the bees do not know that fall is just around the corner.
Last edited by JWPalmer; 08-19-2019 at 08:10 PM.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.