I apologized already in my first post for breaking the website the other night. I registered and was about to make my first post and [poof] it was gone...somehow I seem to remember having a lot more to say then, but I will give it a go.
Years ago as a teenager I worked at a greenhouse and the owner took up beekeeping. I have gatherered swarms, collected gallons of honey and moved supers, but during that time, I was just a grunt and never really understood why we did some things. Recently, I moved into a house and my next door neighbor had a few hives (which didn't make the winter) Just this monday he said a buddy was giving up the hobby and would I like his hives, so I said yes. The supers and boxes were all very decrepid and moldy, ect, but I cleaned them up, will scorch them and will have a new hive next week. He is ordering me one from his supplier. I am in a position where he is my kind mentor, and I must follow his lead, but I want to have only good habits...so...I have been lurking and reading up trying to fill in the blanks of the hows and whys of bees. I thank everyone for their posts that have the ability to keep on helping as us newBEES (suggestion for the title of new members..) even after the thread moves to the bottom.
Anyway, this is a hello, I am certain I can find every answer I need by searching around and will try to glean as much as I can without asking the usual questions. I will continue to lurk and read. As thanks in other forums, I try to post helpful answers as payback though it may be a while before that happens here. Thanks again for all the help and wish me luck.