Well, I did my first full inspection of the year today. Queens are alive and well. Hive 1 is flourishing, hive 2 is very small but I believe will come around when the queen starts laying. All in all though, I am pleased with the outcome of my first wintering. 100% success rate.
There was a lot of honey/sugar syrup left over. I think all in all, they went through 45 pounds each this winter. A lot less than I expected.
Neither one of my queens had any eggs laid with the exception of some drone comb. I was wondering if the hive will produce drones before workers?
Also, I mentioned in a post a couple days ago that hive two may have a nosema problem. Considering the amount of food they have left over, I don't want to feed. Also, I'm not too keen on the idea of extracting right now either because some the stores are sugar syrup. Is there another way I can administer the Fumagilen-B (SP?) without feeding them syrup?
Come to think about it, let's say I do entertain the idea of extracting what's left over. Is their a way to tell the difference between the syrup and the honey without doing a taste test? I did notice that there was some dried up sugar in the cells. Would it be reasonable that all of last year's sugar is dried up by now? If so, I can select and chose the frames that I extract.
Any ideas? Thanks.