1hivegoin. One thing at a time, welcome to our forum, so nice that you have found us. This can be a place where you can lean on us for advice, like you are, a place to tell your stories, tales, experiences, and best of all make new friends!!!
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You are in the PNW, as am I, and quite a few other forum members. It has been a dreadfully cold and dreary spring. I lost 8 of 9 colonies. The one that I have left is doing fairly well. BUT....I did that first inspection recently, a few days ago, because the weather has been so bad I daren't go inside it. I saw two frames with softball size patches of brood. Unheard of here. By now, the colony should have several frames of capped brood. Naughta. We are in the middle of April for cryin' out loud!!! Anyways. I think that perhaps your queen will get going really soon. If the colony cluster was pretty small, the bees would not allow the queen to lay, they will only allow her to lay what they can successfully keep warm and feed. THis is another extremely cold spring, just like last year. But just hang tough, things will improve. Right, again, welcome. Have that most wonderful and awesome day, life, health. Cindi