I'm pretty new to this, but it's very addictive. I'm hoping to grow the hives up to as many as I can take care of, and am done buying frames and boxes - I have a small sawmill and woodshop, and plan to start making my own hives this summer. If things go well, I may even try to get a split this year. That would be beyond cool! If not, I'll get another package next spring, then splitsville, baby!
I've got enough parts now for 7 mediums, and top/bottoms for two hives. I'm going to install the package in a medium, then add until I get 4 mediums, meanwhile set up the other hive as a swarm lure and see if I catch anything. If not, and the first hive supports it, I'll do a split.
I think the hive that the bear destroyed last year might have found a place to hide out for the winter - in ten years, I've never - ever - seen a honeybee up here until I started beekeeping. We had a few days of warmish (50-55 degre) days a few weeks ago, and I saw two honeybees on the deck. I hope the original hive survived, but it could also be that someone else nearby started up a hive last year.
Can you tell how addictive it is? I find it fascinating.
Hang on to your wallet.... :evil: