Many, if not most of the beekeepers here have very few hives and they don't squeeze their bees for any nectar they have left in their crops. They tend to observe, pollinate and enjoy the beauty of their colonies.
Oh boy! What is the valua of knowledge and skill if it is same to beginner what he does? I too observe and enjoy the beaty of colonies and the most I am proud of that I am good in beekeeping.
What is the picture of US hobbyist:
* feed syrup in summer when bees should gather nectar
* feed dry sugar in winter when bees should be in winter rest
* give water in winter when they need not to drink
* not take honey off because bees need it in winter but not get it enough
* play all the time with varroa even if it is the smallest nuisance in beekeeping.
* formulate all beekeeping, hive constructions, bee breeding, races according varroa.
I get surplus honey from hives on average 160 lbs per hive. Surely it is wrong, but how? When I started 45 years ago, my nabour beekeepers got about 30 lbs honey per hive and they were proud of that. But hives were in those days really small. They were size of one langstroth box.
Yes, I have nursed aquarium fishes too and I have got even cups from cardinale terta. Neontetra is very easy and nice to propagate.
They need feeding twice a day with living protein. But however aquarium fishes are so easy to learn that they are not interesting after all.
Bees are difficult to nurse. It took me many years before I could extract honey from my hives.
And now, after all these years I should teach to American hobbiest HOW NOT to get honey from hives. Human mind is very fascinated by humbug. It is not my job to teach it. People have enough skill to it without teaching.I have propagated this fish and I am proud of it: