It's do-able, but not advisable. Two hives is generally considered the safe minimum (so that one can support the other if either should run into trouble), but an extra nuc (nucleus hive = baby hive) is also a good idea - to hold one extra queen for emergencies. Same principle as having a spare wheel for an automobile - you may never need it - but one day ...My objective is only ever to have 1 hive... I want to keep this a small project... is this doable?
Not everyone avoids swarming, but most do. There are procedures which can help. A growing colony is something none of us has any control over - it's what bees do.I want to avoid a swarm... but also don't want to grow my hive ...
Yes - in those temperate regions which have a winter.When does the queen stop laying eggs if brood boxes are loaded with resources for Winter will the queen naturally stop laying eggs?
No - under normal circumstances more bees are always raised than die. The whole idea is that the colony progressively enlarges to a size when roughly half of the bees swarm (with the old queen) to form a new colony in a new location, leaving the other half to continue life at the old location. Then the cycle repeats itself. That's a simplification and there are several other aspects to this - but that's the principle.. It's the bees' way of reproducing, and has been going on like this for millions of years.If the workers have a life cycle of ~36 days... will enough die keeping my hive to a size that can live within my desired size setup? (over the winter I understand workers bees will survive much longer)
BTW - welcome to the forum.
I'll ask the mods to move this thread over to the 101 sub-forum ...