Jumped in another beekeeper's truck with him this am, and drove out to some hives he looks after for a grower. :grin: Nice sunny day, no wind, but a little cool so no bees were flying. 38 hives spread out in about 6 yards, all within 5 minutes of each other. He was optomistic because most of his own hives have overwintered well. :thumbsup: Things quickly went down hill. Checked 8 hives in the first yard and only 1 alive! :shock: When we pulled up to the last yard of 6, he only had 6 alive out of 33! The last yard had 5 hives and all were alive so altogether he was 11 alive out of 38. He said he was glad I was along, somehow it made it easier. (I could tell it wasn't) :sad: He's not sure what to tell the grower.