I am wanting to increase the number of hives I have and I need advise from an experienced keeper. I now have seven hives and I would like to get up to around 30-40 hives. Of the seven I only have 2 that are very strong hives that I feel safe dividing. The others are ok but I will let them build up for honey production. I hope to catch a few swarms but cant count on that. So if I divide two hives twice I am only up to eleven. Obviously I can buy packages but I have never had great luck with them, they just seem to struggle the first season and I have to feed them a bunch the first winter. Any suggestions on how I could get more hives quicker without buying established hives? Can I divide more of my hives after, or at least towards the end of the main honey flow? Any suggestions?