I started cleaning all my hives up in Jan. I was finished spraying syrup in the frame, and set all the hives for the 600 package early. Which was great because package order was moved from 4-1-09 to 3-20-09. Nothing like a 10 ten day head start. I had two great days to shake all 600 packages in. Which it took me 4 days last year in the rain.
It's been cool and wet since shaking in package, which it alway seem to be in April. Which is a big help keeping the bees at home only to make bees. I should be shaking package and making splits by the 5th of May, about two week earlier then normal. Only hope things dry up and queen shippment come in on time now. Their is always those things that you can not control in beekeeper, but it's nice when things go good.
I'm a second generation honey producer and have never seen the honey price this high before.
Well I've got to get to fishing! I've got a week or two before the Queen come in and back to work.
Hope things are going well for all those other honey producers,
o/o Ron Householder