Well I concur on the fact that the bees are now "ready" to take the flow. That's what we get for a cold spring and fast warm up into the flow. Perhaps next year if I see this I'll try to get into some of the hives to encourage earlier build up. Perhaps give them some pollen sub and some 1-1. I think that may be my lesson for the year.
On another SAD note. . . I went raspberry picking with my son (he's 5, will be 6 in Nov) and they didn't smell right. As I was picking them I noticed some of them were mushy. I told him not to pick the mushy ones. Well I then saw the small SHB's in the dish. AAAHHHHH!!! They overwintered somewhere near there and are in crazy full force around those bushes. Major bummer. Here I thought that if I hadn't seen them in my hives this spring that they could be gone from the area. Well think again!!! My encouragement guys is keep your hives strong and I'm putting traps in ASAP.
Also my hives at home (I have 4 singles and 1 that's 3 deeps) all are low on stores. The reason I think that they have been kicking out the drones is because they're low on stores. So I cooked up some sugar tonight and I'll be starting that tomorrow. I gave some pollen sub to one swarm from about 2 weeks ago that seemed to be majorly hurting. They took to it immediately.