The two new nucs (Star and Tulip) should be arriving this Friday from New York. Alicia tells me that Whitey, the overwintered hive, was going bananas today, since it was finally warm, sunny, and not windy. There's certainly enough food for them right now - all the dandelions are in full bloom, and the apples and black locust can't be that far out.
I'm curious if black locust honey tastes like grape soda. (That's what I think they smell like.)
The state inspector was going to be out our way, so one of the local guys offered to have them come up and take a peek in Whitey. I told him that was ok, as long as we have a head's up. We're kind of particular about strangers wandering around the farm, even lost wierdos in bee suits. I'll be curious about what their report says. I think Whitey is doing ok, but I have never once seen the queen - only eggs and larva. I treated for mites in the fall, and so far they seem well adjusted and right with the world.
All the cows that were due to calf have - a total of 5 new heifers (Sweet Pea, Rose, and three more I'm blanking on), and 2 new bull calves (Big R and Chrome.) So far this crop all seem to be super friendly. It's odd, considering 5 of them are full siblings to last year's crop, who were a little weird and squirrelly.