I'm dead jeolous ! Havent got hatched drones yet and I'm itching to get going and have some 2010 queens mated . I've already missed the boat to get this years nucs ready to sell in the may auctionsDoing first grafts next weekend,set up very large colony for this today,and plenty of drone brood in most colonys,plus in drone combs put in especially. Also young drones in hives,not noticed any flying yet though,but the timing would be right for queens to open mate at end of month if weather is also good.
I did a quick check of mine yesterday while adding a super (I wanted to make sure they had plenty of space). Underneath a frame of nice worker brood, they had built some drone comb. I took some off to check for varroa (none) and the bee was fairly well developed - still white, but with recognisable features so probably still a few days away from hatching.Hi there thedeaddiplomat,
Did you by any chance see any drones in the making?
Hi can you explain this to me pleaseI took some off to check for varroa (none) and the bee was fairly well developed - still white, but with recognisable features so probably still a few days away from hatching.
I didn't check any further as it was still pretty cool and I didn't want to do them any damage, but it looks like they are thinking about some drones.
I'm on the Glos/Worcs border.