Well, I checked on the bees last weekend, and I didn't like what I saw. The losses this winter was pretty bad...apparently the long, hard cold took it's toll, and I only have 8 hives out of 23 that survived. I am starting to removed dead hives from the yard and put them into storage to prevent wax moth infestation. In addition, I have not received a single swarm call this Spring, and at our bee club meeting only 2 members caught swarms that were not from their own hives. Apparent, the winter was even worse for the wild hives in the area.
So, 2014 is looking to be a recovery year for my apiary. I plan to check for swarm cells in my hives tomorrow and hopefully split some hives. We'll see how this week plays out.