Drones, We Don’t Want You Here No More

I continue to notice signs of drones getting kicked out of their hives. Most recently I noticed drone pupae removed from the hive. Today I noticed this:

Drones removed the hive (Sept. 17, 2016.)

Drones removed the hive (Sept. 17, 2016.)

The drones are being pestered out of the hive which, in this case, means up through the inner cover hole.



Drones kicked out of the hive (Sept. 17, 2016.)

Drones kicked out of the hive (Sept. 17, 2016.)

I could tell the drones had been loitering around with no purpose on the inner cover for a while. Most were in a cold stupor from not feeling the direct heat from the cluster. At this rate, most of them will be dead this time next month.

A also noticed a larger-than-normal number of drones in the honey supers of my one hive that has honey supers. And I think I know why it’s filling with drones. I may have goofed. Seeing how the honey supers are full of honey, honey that’s just not all capped yet, I decided after a quick inspection ten days ago to remove the queen excluder. The queen had nowhere to lay in the honey supers, so I didn’t think giving the bees easier access would hurt. But now it looks like honey that was capped a week ago has been uncapped — perhaps because the drones have full access now. Drones need to be fed, right? They’re getting fed honey from the honey supers, maybe? I know it’s a bit of stretch, but… it’s in the realm, possibly? At any rate, I may keep queen excluders on all the time now just to keep the drones out of my honey. Just in case.

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