Here in upstate south Carolina we are in a dearth. I just inspected hives as I noticed as you did, that they were not very active.I noticed on another link in the Forum that many beekeepers are experiencing very poor conditions this year due to the weather. The bee have taken a hit as well. I have lost hives that made it the a cold winter and even many of the local nucs I purchased are doing poorly. I have some new queens coming and they are too late for honey production but hopefully I can strengthen some hives for the fall and winter. I think the bees forecast weather better than the meteorologists.
Been rough for sure. One of the trickiest my family has seen in many decadesTrish
I agree with your recommendation. This has been a horrible year hear in terms of weather and the bees are all doing poorly. I hav enever had so much swarming and a couple of other worker layers. When I need bees I ususlly purchase local NUC and have had reasonable lexperiences. This year I think I purchased about 1-15 NUCs aand about half ar estill fu=nctiining effectively. I normally sell my honey through a store and donate the $ for breast cancer. So I am interested in honey primarily but this year our production will be the lowest in 10 years, and I dont want to perpetuate this stock. Early on I could havesplit some of my hives but I didnt want any more.
Thanks for the recommendation.