I am going to build a "long hive" over the winter, possibly 2.
I currently have 1 hive (2 story langstroth) which im not sure is going to survive the winter.
So my question is, when i buy bees to populate the long hive(s) how many should i aquire?
A long hive has alot of room, and thats my main reason for building it. To start this off strong would it be better to
add 2 packages per hive and one queen (or maybe even 3 packages)? Or should i buy nucs, and do a newspaper combine or
what method(s) would be best. I would think that a single nuc, or package would work, but numbers would likely take
a long time to build with all that room?