I've been quietly enjoying the forum for a few months now. I've recently become quite enamored with bees, and I expect I'll have a bunch of questions in the near future. I figured I'd introduce myself and say "hi" before flooding the board with posts. Hi!
Several years ago, I bought a hive setup (2-deep Lang) and placed an order for a package. The package didn't come. I lost interest and forgot about my equipment. It remained painted, wrapped, and stored for 6 years.
This spring (May 17), I spotted a swarm (most likely from one of three nearby small apiaries). I was able to capture it, hive it, and not kill them. They've been a little slow to build up and draw out comb. But, they're alive, healthy, trucking in pollen, sucking down the syrup, building comb, and propolising like no tomorrow- I'm happy.