The key word here is REALISTICALLY, I am interested in the responses you get on this question too. I retired early recently, and only have 40 hives, hope to expand up to 400 because I think that is what I would need to provide an income that compares to what I made at my old job. I'm building ALL my own woodenware to save on costs, that alone is keeping me very busy right now. I figure I need to build around 2000 medium depth boxes alone, right now that seems like a mind boggling amount for me to build myself in the next couple years. I better get busy. Johnhow many hives could one person realistically handle by their self? with a full time job elsewhere and without?
for now this is all theory. I currently have five hives. I plan to expand, just not sure by how much. just trying to get some numbers in my head to work with. would love to do it full time eventually. I like to do things on my own as much as possible (more peaceful for me). my wife and son will help me on the (non-bee) hands on parts.Or is this all theory?