Took advantage of yesterday's 70 + temps in SW Pa and was able to work 18 or so colonies. Cleaned their bottom boards, examined brood patterns, organized stores and feed were needed. I was really surprised to see 4 or 5 colonies with capped Drone brood. As I remember last year I didn't see any drone brood till mid April. Won't be long until I'll be starting some splits, that is if the weather stays warm.
Most of the colonies I got into looked great. Some with 8-10 frames of brood. Some had a frame or two of fresh nectar. They have been bringing in maple, willow and elm pollen for two weeks.
Are any of you seeing any drone brood? What do you think, does it seem a little early for drones?
I guess the bees know best. Good luck this spring to all.