drone foundation

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by 11Nick, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. 11Nick

    11Nick New Member

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    If you put one frame of drone foundation in a hive, after it is drawn out, it will be drone-sized cells. When the queen lays in those cells, will she ONLY lay drone eggs? Are fertilized eggs ever deposited in drone cells?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    The queen measures the width of a cell with her antennae and lays the appropriate egg accordingly.
     

  3. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Also of note...bees will happily fill drone cell sized foundation with nectar and honey as well.
    So, sometimes after the Spring drone-creating frenzy settles down, if you have a drone foundation frame near the side of the box, they may decide it's a good place to put honey. No harm done, bees need honey frames too, especially for the winter! They may clean it out the following Spring and use it for drone brood again.
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    You got nice answers, but your questions themselves weren't directly answered.
    The answer is a resounding NO. :cool:
     
  5. 11Nick

    11Nick New Member

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    So if you start a new hive with package bees and use only small cell foundation (no drone foundation), will they enlarge some of the cells on their own to make room for some drone? I'm assuming they wouldn't be content going against mother nature by having no men in the house?
     
  6. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    They will find spots to raise drones, rest assured. Any spot where they can such as between boxes (upper and lower, etc.) They will draw out the cell size they want for that, even on small cell foundation if neccessary.
     
  7. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    nick said:
    "So if you start a new hive with package bees and use only small cell foundation (no drone foundation), will they enlarge some of the cells on their own to make room for some drone? "

    perry's answer:
    "They will find spots to raise drones, rest assured. Any spot where they can such as between boxes (upper and lower, etc.) They will draw out the cell size they want for that, even on small cell foundation if neccessary."
    :thumbsup:
    indeed they will as perry said, no matter the size of the foundation.
     
  8. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    It's a matter of numbers. Start with small cell foundation and you'll get drones, but in small numbers and only when the instinct for drone-rearing pushes them to do so. Perry and Riverbee are right on. :thumbsup: