Nothing for me this morning, thanks. I don’t know what’s going on with the weather!? We are running 10* below the average and are expecting snow for tomorrow into Monday. Fortunately, that still puts our days in the mid to low 50* and if it warms up earlier enough in the day I can continue switching the hives around. The bees need 4 or 5 hours to cluster and rebuild enough heat for the night after I’ve messed with them.
I spent yesterday splitting the hive in two and putting one in the other Top Bar Hive. After spending all that time marking the queen a couple weekends ago, I still couldn’t locate her to make sure she stayed behind but I think, I hope, she did. I’ll know real soon if not.
The 3 lbs package of bees I brought for the second hive went in smoothly enough and now both hives have approximately the same number of bees. In a couple of weeks they should be of equal strength and making me honey. I hope. One thing I've learned about bees is that you can do everything right and the bees can still die.
My mom is making her first airplane flight today when she comes to visit for spring break. She’s been a lot of places around the US but my parents always drove. I often marvel that my grandmother never went beyond 100 miles of her home in rural Iowa due to the time and cost of travel. She’d never recognize the country now.
Anyway, I’m still getting ready for Mom’s visit so I better get going. I hope everyone get something done on the “to do” list today. Take care and stay warm, Lisa