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Personally, I leave drone comb and drone brood alone. Bees usually convert drone comb to storage once they have enough drones raised. If you take out drone brood and comb, the bees will keep trying to raise some. As a result you may end up with drone brood in the supers unless you use an excluder.
 

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Last year, my beekeeping sensei cut out the drone comb and my total honey crop was 48 kilograms. This was from one hive. I have read that the bees are more calm and satisfied when they have the drones around so I'm going to let them stay this year and compare. Thank you for your comments!
 

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Are your bees the native Japanese Honey Bee? Since they have different behaviors, foraging, and hiving attributes I wonder if the drone balance is the same as the American/European bees.

Thanks for any replies, always interested in hearing about other bee types.
 

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I'm using Italians. They are quite popular here in Japan. I'm going to try and catch a swarm of Japanese bees this spring so I can study and observe them. I've got my swarm traps ready to go!
 
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