we seem to have a small flow going on but it is not a large volume.
the white clover is in bloom here, our nights are a little warmer than the north shore but not by a great deal. my splitting at this early stage is for 2 reasons.
first is that we will be having swarms here by the first of march if not late February.
i have been seeing drones for the past two weeks so i am anticipating an early swarm season.
the making of small splits to open up the brood nest is an attempt to prevent the swarms that i know are coming. last year JP and i had swarm calls on the first few days in march.
second is that i am trying to do a rapid expansion and i expect to harvest from these splits if the spring flow is good.
i harvested from swarms that i hived in April / may of last year when i pulled honey in august.
i am not trying to have queens for sale to others just to have enough to double my current hives from 22 to over 50 at the end of summer.
between the local swarms and cutouts as well as making splits this is a very reasonable goal for this year. we have a very large population of ferrel bees in my area and very few beeks to take advantage of them.
are you going to need alot of bees? i may be able to help some if my trapping goes as i suspect it might.
let me know what you are wanting, i might be able to help you with some of our local survivor stock.
if you are wanting bees with a pedigree i cant help you there but i do know someone who can.