First, the observation. The weather here in SE Tennessee is hopefully headed towards Spring. I noticed that the bees were bringing in some very dark, orange colored pollen. Not alot, but at least some fresh food was making its way into the hive.
Second, I plan on making up a small number of nucs this year and want to buy some queens to add to my already diverse gene pool. I noticed Kelley is offering several different types and basically I have narrowed it down to 2 choices. Minnesota Hygienic or VSH. Which would be the better of the two? My goal is to run all my hives as close to chemical free as I can get without huge hive losses and Im thinking that one of the two hygienic lines would add some genetics that I am looking for.