Spring Bees

Our threat of snow last night passed us over. Windy and a bit chilly today, but no really bad weather to delay spring too much. I have not been out to see the bees as I’ve been working consistently on finishing my dissertation–it’s always possible to make time when necessary but Dad has kept on top of checking the bees and picking up the dead ones. The live ones evidently have not required a lot of syrup. It has helped me keep focused on getting this phd finished.

The prospect of a strong splitting season looks encouraging. Here we have some of the good colonies–a number of them have a few frames of brood in progress. Sometimes the brood-rearing doesn’t really get going until late April, so we hope to use a lot of queens in starting new colonies this year.

The hive below has barely survived the last three winters, but this year the population looks quite strong–hopefully that means most of the other colonies will follow suit in gaining strength as the coming weeks unfold.

The Lonely Hive, Survivor of many winters:

Strong overwintered colonies:

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