John Here 3 rd years 5 hives One in town a captured swarm being left to fend for itself <experiment> in a box at a friends house.
4 other hives at home
1 2 year overwinterer hoping for a 3rd. Swarm capture
3 new groups going into first winter from pacakages
1 colony fled the coop after a winter
lost another colony to perhaps being a bozo and spilling feed on them in a montana "spring"
so i have both good and bad experiences but not ready to teach always learning