Well, seems like the board has been a bit quiet lately. Here is some info/food for thought/warning. It looks like swarming season will be upon us quicker than it ever has for as long as I have kept bees. Grant Gillard, President of the MSBA returned home Saturday from the MSBA meeting, and got a call about a swarm in Cape Girardeau. That has to be the earliest swarm I can ever remember hearing of one. The earliest one I had ever seen was late March. NOW is the time to act. Equalize colonies, switch boxes, give them room by checkerboarding or adding drawn comb. Drawn comb is always best, but foundation will help. Preventing swarming is so much easier than stopping it one the bees make up their minds.
"Mites are choking them, pesticides are killing them, the drought's starving them... they're fine." Ulysses "Ulee" Jackson in the movie "Ulee's Gold".