Hi all, I've been thinking on this for a few months and wanted to get more input. This is two fold. For one, I personally want to maintain more than one hive (and I own 2 and care for a third) and I also want to have the happiest, healthiest bees I can. For the other, I recently discovered that CoSprings city code says you can only have one hive on a property. I would like to have a better idea of the pros and cons of 2 hives vs. one, both in general and with respect to urban beekeeping. I'd prefer this post not really move into "urban beekeeping: okay or not" or "keep regulation out of it" or whatever...that's a different discussion. But rather just think of 2 hives vs 1 with the assumption that urban keeping is okay and that regulations protect bees and their keepers, as well as citizens. Do you think it's better to have more than a single hive? Why? Do you think it's better to have only a single hive? Why? Is it harder to maintain 2 hives, and thus a detriment to the hives? Why/how? Is there more chance of disease and pests with two hives rather than one? Is there less chance? Why/how with either of these? When speaking of urban keeping, the two major concerns of *officials* in cities are usually: swarms of bees being loose in a city and/or taking up residence where they are not wanted, and beehives in general being a danger to citizens. (In some cities, officials are more concerned with health of bee populations, and regulations are about disease/pests/infections being spread through state populations, but that's more addressed in the above set of questions.) Would having 2 hives increase the danger to citizens? Why/how? Would having 2 hives increase the chances of throwing swarms? Why/how? Would having 2 hives help alleviate either of these concerns in any way? Why/how? Any input folks have would be extremely welcome! Thanks.