As requested, here's a little bit about the bees... We started the winter with 3 healthy full hives and one smallish new swarm that we hived in June of last year. Coming into the spring there are only one living hive with a decent population. The others had honey, and were found clustered and dead. I dont know if it was colony collapse disorder or if it was related to the drought we suffered last year. So, now we have one good hive. Im going to try to do a split in May. Im watching them closely.