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    Default One hive or two

    This my frist year beekeeping at first I wanted to start with just one hive to make sure I didn't make too many mistake. This hive is doing so well that was thinking maybe I should get another to see if there is a diffrent in hive. If I do get anothe hive how close should I put the next are do that make a diffrents?

    Al

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    Two hives are always better than one! Aside from just having a second hive for comparison purposes, when you have two, resources from one can be used to fix problems with the other one. If you only have one hive, you can't move a frame of eggs to the other hive to deal with a queen problem.

    If you haven't seen this site before, there is lots of useful info for you here:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#howmanybeginner
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.”

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    Thank the information plus the link I'll save it in my favoties.

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    Get yourself another one, better yet, get ten more. You can put it right next to the first if you'd like.

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    I have mine about 2 feet apart is all... sometimes only 18 inches. And yes, the more the merrier!
    Regards,
    Steven
    "If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    I started my first year[2011] with 2 colonies, and lost 1 during the winter. At that survival rate[50%], 1 hive would have left me with no bees at all. I added 2 new packages this year to replace both of them, and the survivor colony may make it yet!

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    I wanted to start with one also and read somewhere you should start with two to compare. So far I think that was one of the best pieces of advice. Like another poster I lost one hive and had one survive. I was always comparing and learned quite a bit just having an actual visual "oh that is what it is supposed to look like". Adding 2 more this year and looking forward to it. Mine are about 2 feet apart.

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    Two is better than one. I originally wanted just one. Now I have four! It is a great hobby
    “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end”

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    you said you were afraid to get two for fear of a mistake. go for two as the second can correct one mistake. good luck

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    Thanks for all the great advice....

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    Default Re: One hive or two

    Beehives are like mushrooms. You start off with one or two, then there are four, six, ten ...

    It's an addictive, engaging hobby that also makes honey! What's not to love?

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