Warmed up to 55 today and for the first time this year I saw bees bringing in pollen, buckets and buckets of the stuff which after a three or four mile walk I determined was coming from birch trees, the only thing to have bloomed in my neck of the woods. Opened up the hives and found the cluster had broken and there seemed to bee lots of honey and bees everywhere, I didn't dig into the brood nests due to the fairly low temps.
It seems the hives are doing better than I thought so I removed them from their foam board insulation panel and decided to try and weigh them at the same time.
Weights ranged from 101lbs to 110lbs. These are all three medium foundationless hives.
Weight of the empty equipment is 48lbs. (boxes, frames cover and floor but no wax, bees or foundation)
This gives me between 62 and 50lbs of bees, wax and honey in each hive.
I did not weigh the hives going into winter. Going in I had brood only in the bottom medium covering about six frames, all upper bodies fully drawn and filled with honey/pollen.
In my inspection of the upper two hive bodies it seems as though the bees only ate the honey from the center portions of the middle three frames on both levels, leaving the ends and outer frames untouched.
What I am wondering is how this compares with other hives and if this is a good thing or not. Do I need to harvest some of that honey to prevent swarming or are they going to burn through it before the dandelions start (another full month at the minimum.)
Any advice is appreciated, this is my first successful spring. (a spring where I have living hives)
My bees today: