Re: How Much Gear Ready in Advance?
With 30 hives all in double deep configuation (some with super of honey still on) I usually have 15-20 complete deep hives ready to go. I generally have usually 30-40 nuc boxes for splits, mating boxes, and swarm traps. I generally try to have 3 mediums boxes for each overwintered hives so I have about 80-90 mediums all with drawn comb.
I have a freezers full of deep honey and pollen frames for spring splits and still have 10 mediums supers of capped honey in the freezer.
You can never have to much equipment. I buy frames by the 100's. Usually have a hundred or so sheets of every size foundation.
Yeah. when you get bigger than backyard beekeeping it gets nuts without going into legit business.
Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach