March 8th: The queens have started laying real early this year if the hives are trying to swarm out now. Got an emergency call from a friend, Rich Faber. Tried to (phone)walk him trough a quick split of his hive to prevent the swarm urge. After a couple minutes on the phone I realized I needed to visit his girls. If any of you new beekeepers see something like this, reversing the hive bodies may not work. Do a split and shake to set up a second hive. When we left all bees were in the hives.