I haven't been on the forum in quite a while, and I thought I would check it out today, and wow! a lot of new members....Great! Just checking to see how everybody has come through the winter. Here in northern Arkansas, we have had a long winter - like most of the country - we still have not had much warm weather. I still have not had one day I can go through my hives and work too. It seems the weekends are always too cool. I do know that my hives are going strong, by watching the activity at their front door. I just lost one hive this winter. It was a hard winter on them ...a hard winter on any livestock as well. Usually by now I have reversed my hive bodies. My bees are 2 deeps and I kept one super of honey on them. Knowing Russians - I would say that they have moved up and the queen is laying in the super. So I am thinking????? about not reversing them this year and see what happens. Will they move down as they need the room? Thanks for your advise!