Still plenty of drones in my single colony. Is this normal in late october ?
I found there was plenty of drones in my hives also in the end October/early November. This was mainly due to the fantastic few weeks of weather we had in late September/October. They held on to the drones that bit longer than usual. Native bees tend to hold on to a certain amount of drones that bit longer in general and can keep keep some of them throughout the winter.
p.s. Mike - this is a great site! A much needed resource. Great for beekeepers to be able to share their experiences in this way.
Thanks for your reply.As a novice I'm a bit paranoid taking
my first colony into winter.I still have drones flying on good
days in december and without your info would have been worried sick.
Just to let you know if there still is a lot of drones flying on good days this time of year it could also be a queen who has become a drone layer!
The last few years there's been problems with that around the country. Mainly due to the bad summers - some of the queens don't get a chance to get out and mate properly.
There's nothing really you can do about it this time of the year, so try not to worry. Observe entrance in February to see if they're flying in with pollen. If they are, it generally means that the queen is laying fine.