Hi all, I am expecting my first two packages at the end of April (one Italian, one Carni), and I am envisioning becoming a happy beekeeper (and eventually mead-maker.) My wife and I have a boy and a girl (2&5), and 2 horses, 9 ducks and 21 chickens, 2 barn cats and a rottweiler to keep an eye on everybody and bark at the raccoons in the woods at night. We have been revitalizing an old farm here in Port Townsend including a small old orchard I've been trying to nurse back into productivity, and I've been planting dozens of new fruit trees. We are contractors who install solar pv panels. I'm looking forward to getting contradictory responses to my questions from the experts on this forum!