It’s often mentioned in beginner beekeeper material that starting with 2 hives is better than 1, but why?
I support this recommendation and for these reasons:
Having a second hive offers resources that may save a colony e.g. queenless. A frame of brood, bees and food can save a colony in many cases or at least reinstate confidence and security for the beekeeper and colony. This is particularly helpful if the beekeeper is far away from help (rural/regional location)
It demonstrates to the new beekeeper that no 2 colonies are the same and each express different characteristics caused by a myriad of reasons e.g. genetics, location etc.
Having this reference point for comparison speeds up the learning process
There’s a limit to how frequent a hive should be opened up so it offers more opportunity for learning
Do our experienced beekeepers agree or have anything else to add?