Warm spell, what's it gonna spell?
In my area (mid-South =>southern Middle Tennessee and North Alabama) we've seen temperatures steady approximating mid March-like weather. The regional inspector and I went through 14 hives at one of my outyards on Wednesday and 10 of the 14 had at least 40%-60% of the frames in the entire hive each with day old eggs in them, solid brood pattern. Egads. Next week is supposed to hover around 60-65 for daytime highs, the next week after that isn't supposed to be too far off the mark.
Is it realistic to expect swarms in early early March, in my temperate zone 6b-7a?
Anyone have any thoughts about what to do? I feel it's too early to split.
But just in case, I priced an order for more hive bodies and equipment at around $250 (I'm small time) from Rossman (I'm a sucker for Cypress).
"...the most populous colonies ...are provided by queens ...in the year following their birth." Brother Adam