Drone Drone Drone

Today we did our first inspection since my inspection with Peter – we left is 3 weeks to allow the new queen to hatch, mate and start laying eggs.

Well to our surprise we have a hive full of only drone brood – really not good and not what was expected.

There are  few queen cells – one capped and some with larvae.

Anyway, we closed up the hive and sought advice from peter as well as Roy Cross (another local beekepper). Both confirmed that this was not good – the question was whether it was a drone laying queen or a worker that is laying.  What is also confusing is that it takes 24 days for a drone eggs to develop from an egg to being ready to come out. Does raise a question if the previous queen was not laying well rather than the new queen.

 

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