Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.
nice report gww.
you are a few weeks behind us with the weather, but i'm thinking you'll probably find some brood in your hives by the time you get warm weather again.
are you using foundationless frames. if so, have they been drawn even enough that you can move frames around? i.e. move a frame of honey here or a frame of empty comb there?
i'll usually find that some of my clusters are up at the top on the first inspection of the year with capped honey below. like you did, i'll move the cluster down and give more space above. so far no issues with doing that even when we still have frosty mornings.
but a lot of my colonies ride out the winter lower in the stacks and again that empty space above doesn't seem to cause problems for them. i do keep a half inch of styrofoam insulation between the inner and top covers during the winter months.
looking forward to hearing how things progress and yes, the fun begins when the pollen starts coming in!
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