Im not going to try to split a hive into 16. I only gave that as an example. If I were to replicate what he does I would probably end up with enough brood for three splits instead of four in may. I am hoping to have twenty hives going into winter and am not scared to feed. If I come out of winter with two colonies, I will be buying a few colonies in April to split in may or whatever I need to do. I may not end up with 20, maybe none.
I dont know anything about your area either. What I do know is you can have a flow from march through September here if you are in the right location, have decent weather, with little real dearth. I have plenty of yards if I want them. I have different types of forage in each yard I have now We dont have much mono culture here. As soon as my girls can fly they got pollen and nectar. I read many places may have only one major flow each year, that must suck no matter how warm it is there. In Canada, they can put hundreds of pounds of honey on in one summer in a very short season and guys up there winter two frame nucs side by side in insulated boxes. How many nucs could you winter then from one hive?
The only thing that will stop me is, money, time, and bad luck. I am not worried one bit and I dont fear failure. If I fail, I will learn something. I have nothing to prove, and make no bets, but I dont see why on earth I should slow down. Im having to much fun!