I think I'm out front! :shock: How did this happen? I started the year with such great expectations, an excellent over winter, booming hives, etc. My goal of hitting 50 hives was easily in my sight. I think back and here is what has thrown me off. After receiving almost no interest in pollination work, I made the decision instead to sell nucs, and started beekeeping with that in mind. Queens were ordered, equipment was ordered and built to allow me to hit 50 hives and also sell some nucs. Things got off to a bit of a bumpy start with the rejection and failure of many of the imported queens, forcing me to allow those bees to re-queen themselves thereby tying up that equipment. Then came the call for a part-time gig doing inspection work for the Province (something I was initially reluctant to do but have since come to appreciate). Those days are done during good weather of course which means my bees take a back seat so to speak. Then came the calls for pollination, and the allure of an infusion of $$$ was too hard to pass up (that, and I was honouring another contract for someone else). Toss into all of this, I was approached by Adam Foster Collins and decided we would try a hand at grafting queens. We went through some of my hives, made a queen rearing set-up out of a box Adam built especially for raising queens, and had a go using bees and brood from a couple of my boomer hives. Adam grafted into 32 cups, 16 on each of 2 bars and we ended up with 31 going into the queen rearing box (1 cup inadvertently fell off). After 24 hours I went back and checked and from what I can see they are busily working on 27 cups, ignoring 4 altogether. Wow! Now I find myself in a predicament. Adam and I have to set up mating boxes withing a week to place these cells into. We are going to try using deeps and dividing them into 4 - 2 frames nucs with entrances on all 4 sides. This is tying up even more resources that neither of us had counted on (bees and comb). Then what to do when they are mated and need more space? Adam is thinking of trying to over-winter nucs made up in July, which seems like a good idea given we can only get offshore queens for early spring starts here. and the success of these queens is real hit and miss. I am almost out of frames and will likely need to order more. I have just begun supering some of my hives and need to finish the mediums I have started, and build those frames as well. Hives are starting to come out of pollination and will need a thorough going over. I am already at 46 hives, achieved mostly by heading off hives that were close to swarming. Oh yeah, my honey house is as it was 2 months ago. :sad: I consider myself an organized guy, but lately it fells like I'm anything but!