It's been so long since I posted that tec put out an APB on me. I've been busy, here in SC, working on my NY bees that winter in SC. So far, the spring has been good, after the coldest winter in the memory of locals here. Here is Conway, SC, just inland from Myrtle Beach. I was down here, from home in NY, back in mid-Feb., to check the hives and slap ona pollen patty. Going thru the colonies, I found the lowest "winter kill" that I have had in the last 5 or 6 years, 15% dead. Of the ones that were still alive, there were enuf strong ones that I was able to put almost all of the deeps up on another colony. The rest varied, of course. But almost all were strong enuf to reverse supers to allow more room for growth and to avoid swarming, in case of a heavy nectar flow. The ones I threw an extra deep on had bees from top to bottom. Since getting down here about two weeks ago, I have been able to get thru all the colonies, making splits to replace the dead outs and making 100 nucs for sale and use. My queens are from queen cells that I got from a friend, who is near Manning, SC. Chuck Kutik has Lynn Barton, formerly of Kona Queens, raising cells and queens to use and sell. I got 100 cells yesterday and will finish using them today. The nectar and pollen have been coming in here in a steady trickle for over three weeks. No heavy flow yet. Which is fine for me. I don't really want to see them hanging in the trees. No swarm cells yet. What else can I report?