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    Default Got DRONES?

    I am in Baltimore county in Maryland, whose northern border is common to York County, PA. I did a thorough inspection yesterday on a hive that is 3 boxes high (all 7-frame mediums); the boxes are well populated, and there are 5 frames of capped brood with about 100 hundred capped DRONE cells. However, I have not seen any drones.

    I would like to split this hive in about 2 weeks, and allow the queenless half make their own queen. Obviously, I don't want to have a virgin queen be unable to find drones.

    Are any beeks, particularly in northeast Maryland or southeast Pennsylvania seeing drones?

    Thanks in advance for your responses.

    Phil

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    Default Re: Got DRONES?

    I am not in your area but I would wait until you start seeing drones or buy a queen (if you can find one), I think I split to early one year and ended up with a drone only laying queen. It took a few months to get this hive sorted out and queen right, so I would wait. I think the drones also need to be about 2 weeks older than the queen before they will mate.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm

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    Default Re: Got DRONES?

    you will also need temps above 68* for mating flights, which will be almost 3 weeks after you split. if it is just one hive, why not check every week until you see swarm cells and then split with those?

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    Default Re: Got DRONES?

    Quote Originally Posted by COAL REAPER View Post
    you will also need temps above 68* for mating flights, which will be almost 3 weeks after you split. if it is just one hive, why not check every week until you see swarm cells and then split with those?
    That sounds like a good plan, COAL REAPER; I will employ that, or if I see a material number of drones flying around, I will split and let the bees make a queen.

    Thanks ELMER FUDD and COAL REAPER for your replies.

    Phil

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    Default Re: Got DRONES?

    I have 3 dji drones, does that count?
    DavidZ

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    Default Re: Got DRONES?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apis Natural View Post
    I have 3 dji drones, does that count?
    Can the drones legally fly on a mating flight in your area? If not, they are probably safer.

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