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.
I’ve been reviewing some photos from last year’s cutouts. Thought you might like them as we are ramping up for the Spring swarms.