When do the bees usually resume drone production coming out of overwintering,and what exactly triggers it?
sqkcrk said:As in many things going on in beehives which we may not fully understand there are, I suspect, many variables which stimulate the colony to do what they do. Lengthening daylight, temperature, pollen production, nectar production, colony needs and other things gradually change over time so that the colony fulfills those things necassary for colony reproduction, swarming.
Studying the natural cycles of a colony is very informative for beekeepers who wish to be ahead of their bees. Observing what's going on in ones hives, over time, will help you know when to be prepared to do certain manipulations to lessen swarming and to provide honey supers at the right time.
Observe and record. No two years will be exactly alike, but you will see trends and signs to watch for.
tecumseh said:ski writes:
So even though drones are flying it does take some period of time before they are mature and able to mate.
from hatch date about 2 weeks is required for a drone to achieve sexual maturity. I saw some capped drone cells here yesterday. the why of that one case was there were existing drone cells in the path of the brood nest expansion so the queen used that group of cells.
daylight and night time temperatures I would guess are at least two consideration of a hive prior to rearing drones. <since drone cells (and to some degree queen cells) are at the periphery of the brood nest they also have the greatest chance of being exposed to excessive cold temperatures.