Brood'n-up in Denver, Colorado! (1-22-16)
I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather here in Denver, Colorado, today to do a quick check of my hives.
I found that my strongest hives have started producing brood. I saw small patches of capped brood and wet larvae on the inner-most frames. Meaning, the queen had started laying by about 1-12-16. I didn't go into the smaller hives, so I don't know where they may be in brood production.
Most of my hives went into the winter with somewhere between 35lbs and 45lbs of honey. The biggest hive started winter with 36lbs of capped honey, and still has multiple frames of honey. I had added a sugar brick a-la-Laurie to all the hives in mid-December. None of the hives have touched their sugar bricks, so far. The toughest part of winter is still to come, and it will be interesting to see when and if the hives start on their sugar bricks.
(1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')