ok, so the wife and I have agreed that we want to invest and take the next step in our small honey bee hobby and want to build it into a large hobby/small business. I have been getting a better grasp on splitting hives and rerearing queens but am also looking for a way to increase more expediently. I was thinking of purchasing some bees coming off the pollination fields possible next year. These seems to be one the most financially feasible ways to go when trying to acquire volume. Has anyone hear gone this route? I have heard that these bees can be pretty beat up by the time pollination is done with them? Does anyone have any other ideas for rapid growth of a couple hundred hives that wont break the bank? Any thoughts would be apriciated!