Risks and challenges
We have decided to start with this project because there are fewer risks than other projects that need to be done (Implementing SPIN, Selling crops, or increasing the number of animals)
Most of the cost to start a hive is the hive itself. A hive consists of a base, a bottom board, minimum of four boxes, minimum of forty frames, queen excluder, inner cover, outer cover, and feeder. The great thing is that all of this can be used over and over again. So the real risk lies in the bees themselves.
There are three main issues that can arrive. One is that a colony swarms or dies off. Although you cannot completely eliminate this risk you can reduce the likelihood of it happening by keeping the hive large enough and the bees happy. In the event that you still loose a hive, you can introduce a new colony if its early enough or wait for the next season. The seconding problem is that a queen my die, leave, or not be accepted. This has a simple solution, introduce a new queen or let the hive grow one. The third concern would be that the new hives only produce enough honey for their winter and do not produce enough honey to fulfil the rewards. There is some risk that this can happen, but I have had great success in the past with hives producing their first year.
The best part about hives is that they are very resilient. The most that is at risk is that honey cannot be pulled until the next season.
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