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    Default the early flow.... :)

    it got up to 70 today for the first time and the pollen counts are off the charts.

    i have 12 colonies that survived the winter, and they were all foraging in earnest.

    all are queenright, have good brood patterns, and a little honey still left from last fall.

    cluster size varies greatly from 3 frames of bees to 10+, but most are about 8 to 9. on average they have doubled in size in the past 4 weeks.

    all are in a single deep, with checkerboarded medium supers on top. i'll report on the success of the checkerboarding as we get through swarm season.

    when there are more drones flying, i want to combine two of the hives to make a double deep starter/finisher. i am going to try the cloake board method.

    i'll be taking mite counts to help decide which queens get grafted from, and which ones are sacrificed for the queen rearing program.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: the early flow.... :)

    I spent most of the afternoon in one beeyard. They were looking very good. Half had two to three day old swarm cells. Splits are clearly overdue….queens arrive on Tuesday. It is clear that I won’t get through all my hives in time….but I’m going to give it a go.
    I love Spring!!!!!
    Good luck with yours.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: the early flow.... :)

    Square, I would think taking mite counts now is kind of meaningless from a selection stand point unless you're meaning you're taking a baseline count now to compare and select in a couple months once they face increasing mite pressure. Sounds like the bees are happy though, I had the same results looking at 4 of my new hives. I checker boarded one with drawn comb, I should check it out tomorrow and see what happened.

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    Default Re: the early flow.... :)

    jrg13, i really wish i had taken them last summer so that i could have correlated that with my winter losses and the differences in spring build up.

    i have a pretty good idea which queens i want to graft from and which queens need to be pinched based on last year's performance and this year's build up.

    the mite counts are for baseline and to give me one more piece of information in the selection process.

    but you are correct, the more telling counts will take place after the late spring honey harvest.

    let us know how your checkerboarded hive does.

    dan, i was surprised by one of my hives yesterday. wouldn't you know it was the last one i got into, but it should have been the first. it was overwintered in a single deep with a medium of honey on top, and both boxes were full of bees and brood yesterday.

    no swarm intent found in this hive, but it's a little early here for that.

    i did open up the brood in the medium by alternating some empty comb in with it and moving a couple of frames into a second medium super of drawn comb.

    i was obviously late on this one, i hope i didn't spread that brood too thin.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: the early flow.... :)

    All 17 hives were bringing in pollen like this yesterday. It made it to 70 degrees yesterday and supposed to make it to high 60's today then back to low 40's tomorrow.31513 pollen loaded bees.jpg
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

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    Default Re: the early flow.... :)

    very nice sharpbees!
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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