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how many hives would be required for ample drone production to inseminate virgin queens. This assumes no other hives within 10 mi
 

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it depends on how many queens you plan to breed-

but you want about 30 drones for every queen - so what i do is just count drone capped cells per sq in of comb and then this gives you an average of your drone count

one other way ( and this ONLY works with a mite less hive)
And that is to let a green frame finish its 24 days

but drones are not ready to mate until they are about 35 days old

so how many hives ..... not really a lot just a lot of drones

but id say 3-4 average hives without a lot of drone managment
 

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That one made me chuckle,Mike.

I guess I will date myself if I say the last time I calculated the square root of a number,
I used a slide rule.

Maybe I can simplify:
Let N = number of drone hives available
N X N = number of virgins that can be well mated.

Good info and easy to remember. Thanks for sharing.

Jack
 

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If you are using natural comb (no foundation) in a foundation-less Lang, is it safe to assume there are enough drones during the nectar flow for this formula? I'd rather not go out and buy green board if I can help it.
 
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