Re: Starting out in treatment-free beekeeping
Sol, yes I do understand what you are saying. I was given a single hive my first year, and it promptly died over the winter- that's 100% loss. The next year I started with two new nucs, and lost one over that winter- that's 50% loss. This year I'm going into winter with 5 colonies (2 are nucs) and I am 'hoping' for less than 50% loss this winter. But my point is that it does jive with your experience of 100% loss first winter, and I suspect if I had gone into that very first winter with 5 hives instead of one, as you suggest, odds are I would have had maybe 2 survivors and thus would not have had 100% loss that first year.
Originally Posted by Solomon Parker
So in that sense you are totally correct about beginners getting better results from 5 hives to start. It's only that I don't think I could have managed that many very well that first year! Now 2 yrs later I can handle 5 hives just fine.
So what you and I are saying really doesn't negate each other, it's simply a matter of practicality for me.
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson