Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good
Because what you need is more advice (I know, not really)...
Here's the thing with TF. Very few, if any, TF beekeepers have two hives. Most TF beekeepers, Michael Bush included, have dozens and dozens of hives and nucs, live in an insanely remote area, or both. What this means is that even if they have a very bad year, say 60% loss, they won't be beeless. They'll still have hives coming out of winter that they can then aggressively split in order to get their numbers back up to where they want to be. And those splits will be from the bees that survived that past season and winter helping to strengthen the genetics in their operations.
If you have two hives and each hive has a reasonably high chance of dying off over the winter because you didn't treat, your chance of being beeless come spring is very high. If you're beeless, you're back to square one, buying bees and just crossing your fingers that the bees you buy are in some way decent and will survive. The key to TF is to never be beeless, and so I just don't think you can ever, ever do it with two hives unless you live in some crazy remote location. Even then I'd doubt it with two.
Last edited by libhart; 06-20-2019 at 06:57 AM.
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