My name is David and i have been a beekeeper for the past four years. I started out with 3 hives and have gone up and gone down with numbers over the years. I have had as many as 12, but then had some just go away and/or get weak and wax moths take over. I purchased three Nucs this spring to bring some new genetics into my bee yard. I did manage about 32 gallons of honey this spring. I currently have 6 hives and I am hoping to do some splits in a few weeks. Went through my annual inspection and my bees seem to be doing really well with the queens still laying quite well. I thought about letting them make their own queen, but I think I am just going to purchase three queens so I can go into the winter with 9 strong hives.