Re: new to beesource. got questions and will find answers here i hope...
I've been reading here a LOT and never heard of anyone trying to turn 20 new hives into 200 in 5 months. Guess it might be poss, but since it take about a month to grow a new queen and have her fertilized, and they drones are going to be kicked out in a few months, and you will never be able to get enough stores for all of them to make it through the winter, even here in Ca, I don't see it going well. But I'm pretty new here so maybe someone that does it will have more suggestions.
Just thinking that one way that might help is to breed your own queens ahead. Make 50+ queens at a time and put them in nucs. You can then throw some workers in there and hope they can feed and keep her warm enough. You will have to really have good laying queens and they have to really be making wax on the frames since you will have to have enough frames loaded with wax that when the new queens come back they can have some place to lay, and enough workers to bring in enough pollen and syrup to feed the new eggs. I don't see it though. 1 new hive to 10 in 5 months, unlikely. Maybe 3-4.
Disclaimer: I know enough to know I don't know anything yet.