I don't know about the rest of you folks, but my general sense of things is that the producers of packages and queens really got hit hard with demand this spring. I know I just started this year and have been lurking on the boards learning for a couple of years before getting started. I ordered really early for the two packages I did get (well pleased btw). I was going to get a third, but it seems like you really have to jump through hoops, so I'm going to try a split soon. Any sense from the old timers and the new beeks about the ease of starting and demand this year?