Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun
10-20 range is a good target range for the season end (for busy, working people).
Originally Posted by crofter
Below it becomes too risky.
Above it becomes too laborious.
10-20 range enables you to take calculated risks, try new things, butcher few bees while trying new things ..... and still sleep mostly well at night.
It also enables to run the Mel D's, chemical-free management model (which I largely do).
And still make enough bee products overall, while running smallish units.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.