2011: Only 2 hives, just for comparison purposes, you know. 2012: Wow! 6 swarms from one hive-who knew? Lost 2 from robbing in late summer- learned another valuable lesson. 2013: Sudden late spring freeze claims 2-only 4 left. Ordered 3 All American queens to start 2 more hives and requeen another- they were quickly superceded . Drove up to bee yard 14 miles north to split an overpopulated hive- too late! Swarm landed way, way up in old native pecan tree- 30 minutes later I waved goodby as they spiraled up and over the Caney River. I found 3 more frames with 2-3 queen cells so made 2 splits and left several really pretty cells that were close to hatching. All 8 plus 1 TB hive are in good shape and lo and behold!- the beek that my friend I'm teaching beekeeping got his nuc from has one last nuc the last of June-$75.00- how can I pass that up? I checked it out after I delivered it to my bee yard- 6 frames of brood and busting with bees- it already needs a second deep! Will this be enough? Is it too late for me? Twelve sounds like a nice round number to me!