gww, I think the bees know where the season is and won't get too fired up brooding at this point. I understood it that nectar flow is the trigger for brooding up, but could be wrong about that. They go through a pile of honey with brooding. I should be checking the chicken food dust here just for kicks.

You may be right about the, 'till I retire'. I could use another location, but I wouldn't want it very far away or I wouldn't get to it often enough. I could have a spot 30+ minutes away, but not sure I want to do that. I have considered scaling way back to just a handful of hives, but it's fun to get all the buckets o' honey in July. It is a lot of work though and one daughter got married last April which reduces my slaves to 3, including my wife. They are very good sports with it all.