Re: Max Nuc Production
Michael Palmer, agree with your post in terms that what you say is the surest and likely most profitable way long term.
However in my opinion a guy raising a few cells and starting 10 or 15 nucs is a fantastic learning experience for the guy plus very enjoyable for him and satisfying if he succeeds. I think he should figure how to raise a few queen cells based around your own Michael Palmer described methods, then make a few nucs. Sure it will be slower and he'll get some misses, but he'll learn & get a little better at it each time.
To Whiterk, when starting out cell raising the old saying applies, don't count you chickens before they hatch, LOL. Wait till you have capped queen cells, then count them & decide how many nucs you will make. Only use the big healthy cells.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).