I am really excited about this year. I have learned so much, & I feel like this could be a break out year for me. I have been in my hives about three times this year, & I thought I would give a run down on them all. I had five to start the year. Hive #1. Nothing really exciting going on here. They survived a tough winter just fine, but the queen is under performing, & I will requeen her at the first opportunity. Hive #2 Ok, everything about this hive is exciting. These girls are doing a lot of work early, & the queen is putting on a clinic! She has a deep box & a shallow box packed wall to wall with brood! I split this hive last Saturday after using enough brood from it to split one of my other hives. Hive #3 This hive is doing ok, not great, but not bad. The queen is borderline. If she does any worse, I will requeen this hive. Hive #4 This is my second best hive. I also split this hive on last Saturday. I think they will make a lot of honey. Hive #5 This was a hive that I took out of a house late last summer. This hive has never been quite right. I wish I would have requeened them last year. The queen never did start laying, so I took enough brood from hive #2 to make a split about three & half weeks ago. The split is looking good, but the original hive was to week & died. We have had a pretty good nectar flow for it being this early, but we had a freeze last night, so that flow might be on hold for awhile. We will just have to see about that. With my splits I have gone from 5 hives to 8 to 7. I took my splits to another place a few miles from my house. My goal this year is to get 10 hives early enough to get honey from all 10 hives. I still have two to split, if I can get them built up enough. I also have a bee tree on my neighbors property, that I am going to try to get a start out of. Also hive #2 is doing so well that it will have to split again or given a lot of boxes. So I can see my way to 10 hives. I have a lot of customers asking for honey already this year, so I need to get the ball rolling, & I'm betting hive #2 will give me some honey by the end of May or early June. That's all for now. Happy Bee Keeping!