15132Re: [Beekeeping] How many hives?
- Aug 1, 2010Always an advantage to more. You could almost say "the more the better"On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Dan McFee <danm_bees@...> wrote:Wm.You have to get though the winter and if you are like the rest of us can expect some loss. Bee keeping is not always expondential growth. One advantage of 2 hives that if one survives you can do a split and get back to the desired 2.RegardsDanny
--- On Thu, 7/22/10, stoneridgesheepfarm <StoneRidgeFarm@...> wrote:
From: stoneridgesheepfarm <StoneRidgeFarm@...>
Subject: [Beekeeping] How many hives?
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:50 AMI have a small farm, mostly livestock, but I have a vegetable garden for the family, with fruit trees and bushes. The garden grows from year to year, but I never want it to be too big because of my age.
I got my first hives this year. I only wanted one, but based on my research accepted the advice to start with two. Now I am reading about people who start small and end up with a dozen hives, 40 hives, etc.
As I was in the planning stage, another one of the first bits of advice I got was "don't forget to do splits in the spring." As I understand it, a split creates a new hive and that's how people wind up with dozens of hives. So what do I do if I only want one hive (even if I already have two.)
Is it feasible to keep only one or two hives? Is there a way to manage hives to keep the operation small?
I'd appreciate your thoughts on this.
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