i live on a family farm and decided to keep bees. i started with 2 hives 4/2011 and came across a guy that was retiring and he sold me 10 hives for a reasonable price. all those hives made it through the winter of 2011-2012.
spring or 2012 i bought 16 packages and caught 2 swarms.
fall of 2012 i had 30 hives.
march of 2013 i am down to 24 hives (so far march ain't over yet!)
i have the options of getting more packages to replace the 6 i lost so far or start making bees with the ones i have.
MY GUT FEELING IS to make more bees with the 24 hives i have and i feel more at ease to do that!
i was even thinking about not harvesting any honey this season and splitting what i have.
what would you do?
i like to get to the point to where the farm is self supporting with my hives and they dint have to rent hives no more..