I was checking the hives early this morning and noticed a worker bee dragging out a drone almost twice her size to the edge of the landing board. What struck me, this early on with a decent flow starting was that the drone appeared to be a whitish, newly emerged one, and when the worker realized that her push, pull and tug on this drone twice her size (and resisting) was going nowhere, she flew off and he crawled back into the hive. Over the past week or so, I have noticed a few dead drones on the landing board of similar development. Now over the past few days with adding a second deep, checking for swarm cells and checkerboarding frames, i really haven't seen a lot of drone cell building , nor a whole lot of drones in any of my hives. Some, but not anywhere the average 7 or 8 percent that I believe is normal. Is this a Spring thing as the hives build. All of the hive and frames that I've looked at this week have very strong brood patterns, lots of eggs, capped cells and nurse bees. There is, as I said, a decent flow on and the hives are building out extremely well. Did two washes and came up with zeros on all of this years hives although I do have fresh Apivar strips that I transferred from the nucs when these were hived. Is this just we don't need any boys right now or something just normal.