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