I have split the hives at the farm and put the honey supers on. Later on in July, I will probably break those hives down all of the way and replace the queens and start them out fresh. They have been running on there own for the last few years, the comb is getting pretty old and who knows how old the queens are in the boxes. They have not produced much honey last year and it is time to change things up. A queen is normally only productive for a few years.
At the other place, I have been nursing the 3 splits and getting ready for expansion. I went down to feed the splits on Monday and heard a buzzing noise. Noticed a few more bees in the air where there is not normally bees. One of my hives had swarmed, I had a clump of bees about the size of a coffee can on one of the trees at about waist height. Perfect, grabbed a nuc box and a bee brush, then sweeped the clump into the hive. Of course, that made several hundred bees to go airborne, but the queen dropped into the box perfectly and the rest joined her. I put the lid on the box and sit it beside the tree. The remaining bees started flying and walking into the box. Her pheremones were strong that day, I could smell her scent in the air. It was a strong fruity smell. The alarm smell reminds me of bananas, but this was different. That became hive 14.
Today I added more honey supers to 3 hives. All of the hives here have younger queens and are stronger. The 2 I bought last year have different genetics than the ones I have been working with from the first and they have better characteristics. Calmer and more intent on making honey. Spring is looking fine for the bees. Too wet for anything else. Can't mow, till garden, or get alot of things done.