I took advantage of the great weather today after work to check on the hives. I lost one of the overwintered nucs. I fed them like crazy in the fall and I thought they would be OK. They were clustered on top of the dry sugar. Frustrated. 5 left out of 11. One is weak and I am guessing it will be next. Small clusters. So much for sustainable... I am looking forward to the day when I am a wise old beekeeper.
Again I hate this time of year! The grim reaper for bees is out and about. Do you ever get used to loosing a hive?