Or look up your local 4-H or FFA club to see if they would like some splits from your hives. Or your local bee keeping club. Just do a frame exchange so you don't have to keep buying frames!!Three now and if I had my way, only three, forever. Alas, I think bee biology makes splitting necessary, which means more colonies, which bums me out. I love my bees, but I won't love having twice as many.
Fear not, you will need to split to maintain 3 hives. Any mistakes you make and end up with more than three are easily remedied.:thumbsup:I love my bees, but I won't love having twice as many.