If this forum is like any of my other interest-related forums (which in my case are old motorcycle related), the number of posts asking for help or declaring a problem far outnumber the posts announcing successes. Because that's the nature of many forums - people come for some chit chat but mostly to ask or answer questions, to ask for help and to be helped.

As I read through the myriad posts on swarming, mites, diseases, low production, queenlessness, etc. I can't help but wonder what the general success rate is among beekeepers.

Do most people lose or have difficult problems with their first few hives - or do they have mostly hives that make it through the summer and winter and provide honey for the keepers without too much need for intervention?