I’m a new convert to the world of bees and beekeeping, with the intention of organising equipment and having my first hive up and running in the spring of 2016. (southern hemisphere.)
Originally I planned on having 1 hive, but some of the research I have been reading suggests there are benefits in starting with 2 hives, the main benefits being able to compare both hives with relation to hive problems, plus transferring resources from a hive that is doing well to supplement a hive that is struggling.
So, what advice can the experienced beekeepers of this forum provide?
Am I better starting with 1 hive for the first year?
Or are their benefits of having 2 hives straight away?