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I havent seen any drones in south central kansas yet but thought it would be interesting to post the dates and locations you first notice drones in your hives.
 

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I was in my hives for the first time the other day. There are big, fat drones all over the place. No sign of swarm cells though (so far)!
 

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Cathy, swarm cells are queen cells made specifically for swarming. . .it's kind of our warning sign of the hive's intentions! They are usually located along the bottom of the frame so you need only to tip the box and look from the underside to see if your girls are planning on moving! Some people remove them to discourage swarming but I don't think that works--only leaves the hive with no substitute queen! I've found checkerboarding to be the best bet so far for preventing swarming.
 
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