Spring hit early here with record warm weather and swarms. Just about everything got off to a great start and swarms hit a month early. I made up 4 queens from a swarmed hive plus let them have a few to raise their own queen. Caught 2 of my own swarms and trapped another. Ran out of gear, opened 3 new small yards.
And one month later…Captured swarm appears to have starved out, one swarmed hive did not requeen, the adjacent hive is queenless (used 2/4 of my mated queens. My checkerboard experiment (by the book WW) got off to a really poor start was finally booming but looks like the queen is failing and very little brood and 2 supercedure cells, they appear to have eaten the top two full shallows! Looks like I lost one of my mated queens in the Castle.
I am afraid to go check the other two yards! I think every hive raised so much brood that when the spring flow is over they are starving out? My fear is that I am spreading disease through all my hives and yards.
“Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)