Drone Population Count?

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  1. larry tate

    larry tate New Member

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    We are in the middle of NC. No drone brood yet. Just wondering if any others have drones yet? Thanks
     
  2. Iddee

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  3. tecumseh

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    we have a few here. not as many yet as last year or the year before.

    my past records tell me to expect to see drones here by February 15.
     
  4. rast

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    As soon as a couple more feet of snow melts...I'll let you know.... :D
     
  6. brooksbeefarm

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    Drones? i doubt i have a frame of worker brood yet. Jack
     
  7. BjornBee

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    I'd like to know how exact you want that count? :lol:
     
  8. tecumseh

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    no drone brood on no live drones? what is the question?

    after working hives yesterday I see a few more drones on each and every day. most of the drones seem to be from hives with very yellow queens who have been brooding for quite some time. If the weather allow I will begin my first round of queen rearing this week.
     
  9. Omie

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    We're still in the 30's here, with snow all over, not a single plant or flower pushing up through the snow yet. Drones?... hardly! ;)
     
  10. Bitty Bee

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    No drones yet.

    I almost wish we had some! I promised one of the little kids at church that I would bring them a few of my pet bees to play with as soon as the weather warms up! :D
     
  11. G3farms

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    no drones here either, if the dead outs continue there won't be any bees period.

    baby beek tie a light thread to their leg before you give it to them.

    G3
     
  12. Bitty Bee

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    Ha ha, that's a good idea! I'll have to do that!

    daddy said he saw a drone yesterday. The drone was eating the left over pollen patty that we left out for the bees.
     
  13. Flyman

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    Saw a small patch of drone cells about 2 days ago. Other build up is extremely variable, ranging from a patch of brood to as many as 6 frames of capped. Sure need a warm spell.
     
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    sounds like things are really starting to happen in TX

    wont be long now.

    G3
     
  15. larry tate

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    Finally got to look in some drone mothers yesterday. Green drone frames full of capped brood both sides. Also some hanging out in the hives. Time to get busy!!!!! Thanks for the input
     
  16. rast

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    Baby Beek, Lest you think G3 is joking. Here is a picture Dave Miksa took with thread tied to a couple of queens trying to photograph drones mating with them. Courtesy of Ron Miksha.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. tecumseh

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    do you perhaps know of where the location of the picture was taken Rast?

    it is kind of funny how formal folks use to be... you always needed a suit and tie to have your picture taken or to take a trip on the airplane or greyhound bus.
     
  18. Mama Beek

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    I always love to see old pictures and I wish that people dressed like that more often nowadays. Not necessarily with a tie, but at least shirts with collars and pants that are actually pulled all the way up to where pants belong. It just looks so respectable and nice! There's just something about a fella in a nice hat with a nice clean shirt.... :cool:
     
  19. G3farms

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    That is just what I was thinking, playing in the bees in a shirt and tie.

    I use to tie a thread on june bugs and jar flies for the kids to play with.

    G3
     
  20. rast

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    Tec, go here. http://www.badbeekeeping.com/beeblog2009.htm
    and scroll down a little.
    By the way, I'm the so called "Gentleman" in the Jan. 7 blog. He knew Ted knew me, Ron's first wife is a cousin of mine through marriage.
    By the way, I was mistaken as in "wrong". Dave took the pictures, not in them.