Why am I not suprised that the distance bees fly to gather nectar/pollen still came up even though I specifically mentioned that it wasn't the point? I very much dislike the POST COUNT on Beesource.com. I think it contributes to far too many off-topic comments.
Thanks to Michael Bush and JRG13 for actually reading and comprehending the ideas I was looking for. I hope more can contribute to the actual topic of this thread.
If theis topic needs to be revitalized, I'll ask another, similar, question. How many hives have yo maxed out on in one beeyard? How do they manage to survive/what are the foraging? Is it year-round, or do you need to substitute?
Example Answer: My father in law (who lives in Northern Indiana) has 80 acres of mixed woodlands and prarie. It is surrounded by fields of clover, soybeans, and corn. He can support 5 hives all year long without feeding... possibly more, but he hasn't tried it in a while.