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Drones are back?

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Watching bees today and suddenly I heard a noise which sounds like drones coming back from having fun and yes more and more drones came back to a hive which had certainly no drones in recent times. So I decided to check the hive if there was a queen or if something else is wrong.

Checked the hive and all good nice brood pattern fresh eggs all looked good.

So are they confused because of the weather?

  

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All my hives still have plenty of drones - they can't be too far off getting the boot though with all these cold nights.

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I had no drones for some weeks and suddenly one hive things there is the need for drones.

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Just finished all my winter rounds and very few drones left in the hives other than one hive where the queen had turned drone layer.

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Drones are out here in Onehunga - the weather has been excellent. I have a newly mated queen too.

 

I wasn’t sure what would happen or if supercedure was happening too late, but as soon as I opened up you could see that every possible cell had eggs, hopefully her enthusiasm slows a little for the next few months.

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