It is said that at 13 hives, one goes from being a hobbyist to being a pro.
After 40 years beekeeping my style is 13 hives. That is number I can use one day per week to take care. I only nurse them during weekends and holidays.
If I have more than 13 hives, family will suffer for my hobby. Now bees determine their life too much. I have been in same woman 29 years. She may stand me still, I hope. I
Yesterday I bought a bee suit for my son for birthday present, and if I get help from him? He will be 17 age. Next year he will have a car driving licence. He dives car very wel. We have a lot forest ways where we have practisiced driving during 3 years. :D All my 3 sons have done the same.
My youngest son is very talent and eager with handling nature.
For first year beginner 3 hives is good. Not more than 5. But if he gets help from expert, he will manage with 10 hives. But not any more.
I have helped a nurser, who has many years experience. He has 6 hives, but it seems that it doest not go well. He has something that he will never learn. And so are the most I hev met.