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Maximum number of hives?
« on: August 20, 2004, 03:40:10 PM »
A couple at a local flea market told me that they are interested in beekeeping and have the opportunity to buy a number of hives from a retireing beekeeper. The question is; What is the maximum number of hives that a beginner should attempt to manage in their first year?

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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2004, 05:17:25 PM »
It really depends on how much time they have on their hands, and how quickly they learn. As a hobby, I think three hives would be a good number in the first year for motivated first-timers.  It is said that at 13 hives, one goes from being a hobbyist to being a pro.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2004, 08:42:26 PM »
I agree with Sting, 3 is probably a good start.  I would say no less than 2 or more than 5.


Beginners make mistakes.  Depending on how big the mistake, if they have a lot of hives, it could be very costly.
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Re: Maximum number of hives?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2004, 02:56:04 AM »
Quote from: Sting
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.

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Re: Maximum number of hives?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2010, 03:18:10 PM »
I would say for a beginner, no less than than 2. But no more than 4.

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010, 03:25:54 PM »
1st Year Minimum - 2 hives

1st Year Maximum - 3 hives

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2010, 08:12:44 AM »
I started last year with four, 3 packages and one feral cut-out.  It was a good number.  Didn't keep me too busy, but gave me enough experience that I now am heading toward 12 this year.  (Maybe more, if I manage to catch a couple of swarms and do more removals.) :bee: :bee:

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Re: Maximum number of hives?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2010, 08:48:22 AM »
WOW! What a resurrection! Nothing like a good old post!
I agree with Sting, 3 is probably a good start.  I would say no less than 2 or more than 5. Beginners make mistakes.  Depending on how big the mistake, if they have a lot of hives, it could be very costly.

  I agree with Robo!

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Re: Maximum number of hives?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2010, 01:21:19 PM »



I agree with Sting, 3 is probably a good start.  I would say no less than 2 or more than 5.

Beginners make mistakes.  Depending on how big the mistake, if they have a lot of hives, it could be very costly.


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