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Every one of my hives is different. Some make large amounts of drone brood, others don't. I have yet to find any rhyme or reason why this is so. Many rookies call me wondering if excessive drone brood is a sign the colony is getting ready to swarm.

I doubt that it is, and I also find what constitutes "excessive" varies from beekeeper to beekeeper. Drones don't contribute to the honey production so my desire is to have very little drone brood.

I think the bees sense their need and respond accordingly. I've never been unwound or anxious about the amount of drone brood. Sometimes we presume to know more than the bees.

Jackson, MO
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