Spring starts early in beekeeping. Bees bring in the first pollen in January, triggering a laying response from the queen. Fortunately, we've had a number of very nice days this winter and I've been able to closely track the build up of my hives. Here's a picture of brood from one of my hives, taken in mid-February. I've also published a couple of pictures from this weekend, where we started hive splits. This is a process of taking some of the bees, brood, pollen, and honey from an existing hive to set up a second hive. This process is used extensively by commercial beekeepers to maintain or grow their overall hive population.
Overall, I'm completing a very successful winter, and for the first time in my beekeeping experience, suffered no hive losses! I'm excited about the spring and with a little help from the weather, am looking forward to a bountiful honey crop.