I really like Joes post. I started out with 4 medium nucs bought from a guy on this site in march of 2010. Bought 4 more in may of the same year. I sent 304 to the almonds this spring, and am now ready to send in another 64 dink due to the bee shortage.so I have got my self to just under. 400 hives. I plan to grow more but the costs of feed and equipment , insurance etc is slowing me down a lot . I can't aford to make divides anymore when I see 3 bees on the landing board.I need to have larger hives in order to make a honey crop. Good luck GB