No sign of AFB here thank God.
So back to the main topic- early spring. here in adelaide it has been a very mild winter with the bees out and about almost every day bringing loads of nectar. I left my flow supers on this year on two hives- and was kind of hoping for some kind of winter nectar flow. That doesn’t seem to have happened- and whilst there are bees in the supers on the combs they haven’t added much if any honey upstairs.
My plan this spring is to increase my apiary by making pre-emptive swarm splits. I am wondering how early I might consider doing this? I guess to be effective they should happen before the bees have decided to swarm- my plan was to wait until early spring but perhaps I could start thinking of making some splits soon? My hives still have the odd drone in them- and never went without drones all winter.
Should I perhaps be thinking to make a split or two soon?
I am actually robbing honey today from my Nuc tower flow hive. The end cells showed some crystals in the honey- they are still draining well but the crystals are staying put mostly- be interesting to see how the bees go clearing that up: