"the more frugal you become" Exactly. My question was posed more as a potential buyer. I'm thinking of taking the opportunity to expand a small (six to eight hive) apiary. There are small scale beekeepers making splits both as swarm control and to generate money to offset costs (the nucs $100-$150.00 depending on number of brood frames, etc.), and commercial beekeepers looking to sell pollination hives at the ends of their contracts (established singles and doubles) due to time, reduce moving labor/costs, whatever. So, to expand a hobbyist apiary somewhat late, such as early summer, and on a budget, I'm wondering two nucs for every full size colony? Or, go with half the number but established hives this late in the year.