I am Drake. (I know it sounds like a weird name, but it is my given name)
I am starting back in beekeeping after many years of not being involved.
Originally I had three Italian hives. One was a split, one was a caputured swarm, and one was started as a package. I tried my best to keep my bees without chemicals the best I could by using menthol crystals.
I stopped keeping bees back in 2004 when my hives died out due to the unusually hard winter of 2004. (it was a bad winter in my region).
I started a package this year of Russians, as well as rejoined the local bee club.