Re: [TopHive] Re: drone cells
- Thanks for the help.
On Mar 29, 2008, at 4:51 AM, Gary wrote:
> Yes, the bees know best it is the season for mating. If you have a
> healthy productive hive don't attempt to fix that which is not broken
> you will just add a stressor to the colony! Monitor your mite fall. If
> you want to head off the swarm impulse NOW is the time to move a
> of the drone bars to the outside of the brood nest and add empty bars
> in their place. (DO NOT leave more than a one bar space between any
> combs)!!! This will open up the brood nest, should head off swarming
> and if they sense there is enough drones they should draw out nice
> brood comb. Later in the season being the good beek you are you see
> mite fall rising and can pull the capped drone brood freeze it and
> return it to the colony and treat each bar with powdered sugar dusting
> and set your colony up for successful over wintering. If the mite fall
> does not show a rise going into the fall season and you have an
> abundance of empty drone comb you can put it in another colony and
> mites there!
> You are in a very good position right now.
> "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
> --Mary Oliver
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