Our hives wintered over fairly well this year. We came out of the 2018/2019 winter with a dozen healthy hives and are now up to 19...some fairly young and just getting started -- and others well established.
Some of that is simply good luck...bees can be fragile and winters can be challenging. But as it is in many situations you can improve your odds with some careful and consistent attention to your hives. Things like ensuring they are protected from our Indiana winter weather, making sure they are well fed (we have a lot in common, they like sugar!!!) and staying on top of a good medication routine can reallly improve your luck.
After a handful of successful splits this spring we are now up to 19 hives as we continue to explore the possibilities of something called OTS - On the Spot queen rearing and hive expansion. We'll post more on this as we continue to learn...but our initial reaction is that it's good for our apiary and good for the bees that call Springboro Tree Farms home.