Even as far north as you are in B.C. the cycle of the hive has the queen beginning to ramp up in February, That means she has been laying eggs for six weeks or more. Even if the percentage is low she will lay some drones. With swarm season about to begin it is only natural that she would increase drone population as it nears leaving breading stock for the virgin queens left behind.
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