4 hives for a first timer? Too much?
TLDR: The company sent me a 4th hive. Too much to handle if I never have done it before?
So while assembling my hives I originally ordered 2 hives. One of the honey supers split during assembly…not even that bad. It's still airtight once I finished assembling it but I asked the company if it would be alright to use and instead of answering me they went into this speech about how they were sorry and sent me a whole new hive kit. Well, the exact same thing happened with that replacement hive so now they are sending me a 4th! (I mean, I ain't gonna argue with them about it…if they wanna send me free hives…they didn't even won't the "damaged" parts back!)
I can't even tell where the damaged parts are at this point as it's been a month since I assembled them. Can't find any kind of flaw.
But now I've got 4 langstroth hives ready to go for spring but I've never kept bees before.
I was thinking of sticking 2 of the hives in my storage building just til I figure out what I'm doing firsthand instead of what I've been reading….
But…on the other hand, I'd kind of like to go ahead and get all of them going instead of wasting space in storage.
I'm just not sure the amount of time and energy that goes into each hive and am wondering if it would be a good idea for me to even attempt if I have never done this before.
If it matters, I work (typically) only 3 days a week, 12 hour shifts so my 4 days off a week I have plenty of free time.