"Chris and Eric,
Thanks for your feedback.
Sounds like I need to regroup for spring.
I have a top bar hive. I left the bars of comb in the order the bees had constructed them. I was a bit worried they might have to break cluster.…"
"All eight of my hives have been flying and bringing in a little bit of elm pollen. They fly any time it gets to about 50 degrees. If you haven't seen any activity by now I would guess that you lost them."
"When I went to go check on my bees the other day, I was surprised to see activity in all 3 of my hives. I was almost certain one or two of them didn't survive the winter. In the Fall, I fed them many gallons of sugar water in…"
"Happy spring fellow Beeks,
Because of the cooler temps and the high winds, I have not opened to inspect my top bar hive. On the last fall inspection, the colony was growing and had 10 combs of food and I continued to feed them until they…"
I agree with Eric. If you can’t find the queen, searching for eggs and larva is the next best thing. Often times, I can’t locate the queen but I do find evidence that she was active in the past few days when I see…"
I think it really depends on how comfortable you feel about the whole process. I installed my first package on my own and it went fine. The main thing is that you need to have a plan of what you’re going to do before…"