Saturday, 21 May 2016

Drone Brood.

One of our members has decided to change from 'standard' to 'deep' brood boxes. There are lots of pros and cons and fors and againsts both and I thin it comes down to the individual beekeeper so we aren't going to go into that right now but one thing that happens when you first switch is it means you have standard supers in a deeper box and this gives space in which the bees will draw more comb.

For reasons I maybe should know but don't really feel like refreshing my brain on right now the bees only raise drones in this bit extra and Stephen has sent a few pics of the drone comb under the frames for you to see.

Drone comb built under the frame.
Nicely modeled by stephen!!
You can clearly see in this picture the
cappings are slightly protruded
letting us know it is the larger
drone developing inside.
 You can see in the above picture that Stephen has scarped the comb off the bottom of the frames and removed it, this is a good natural varroa control as varroa, wherever possible, will go in drone cells as they are bigger and juicier. When you remover capped brood from the hive you effectively move it with the varroa still trapped inside!!

May seem like a terrible waste...but it is only drones....the drain on beehive society and besides....all is not lost

One bantam.....
two bantam....three bantam!!
It is a lovely treat for the chickens. Of course if you wanted to you could try them yourself, I am told they are full of protein and have a slightly nutty flavour. Of course as of yet I haven't tried them myself but if I ever do I will let you know.

Have you ever tried the bee larvae??

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