OK- it’s spring- my hives have some foundation-less natural combs- and it’s normal for drone numbers to be up… but:
I have one hive that seemingly has huge numbers of drones in it. The hive has observation windows and on some frames there are solid patches of drones all congregating together. At a guess on these faces I can see at least as many drones as workers.
Is it normal that drones like to congregate on the outer frame faces and on capped honey? Would this explain why I see such a high proportion there?
The other day I looked at the front of the hive and the entrance was choked with drones- at least 4 to every one worker bee. Most times of the days it is a more normal mix- 1 drone to every 10 workers maybe.
This picture has a lot of reflections in it- but perhaps you can see all the drones: