I have one year under my belt and have 12 colonies. They are in a citrus orchard. All foundation less frames, 1 deep box on each of them. Some of them were structural removals some of them were swarms.
So far they seem to be doing well, they weathered here in S. Ca, we had several days of 30F in December and eucalyptus and pepper trees are keeping them on their toes.
There is a good amount of nectar coming in with pollen.
We might have an early nectar flow from citrus, last year it started around 03/15.
I need to go out of state for work in the middle of or at the end of March for 4-5 weeks.
I am looking for solutions on what to do prior to my departure since I will be gone most of the time the great nectar flow is on. I would like to use another deep and than only supers without a queen excluder.
thank you for your time,