Hello to everyone!
I'm new to the forum - second day viewing - and being a forum junkie (various) for about eight years now, it didn't take me long to jump in head-first.
Be forewarned, though, in the event I need to respond to anyone here: Being a native Southerner, I type a little slower than I speak - so you may want to pull up a chair at some point...
Quickly....I hived a feral swarm May 2008. Bought an established hive locally a few weeks later. Feral colony left in late summer.
Spring arrived with a strong colony still tolerating me....and I finally got to super a hive. I really needed another colony - and it happened - Swarm! Just so happened that my son spotted it in the chestnut tree above the hive. So now I am back to the point I was at a year ago - with better results. I took a couple of frames of honey last week (couldn't help myself) and the new hive is almost ready to super!
Finally, I have one question:
I know it isn't recommended - but is there something wrong with me when I get the urge to hug my bees.....?