Greetings to all from sub-zero Montana! My name is John and I decided to raise a couple of hives to help with pollination for my fruit trees, garden and acres of wild flowers. I raised bees back in 1966 in California after a master bee keeper removed a hive from our wall at our house. Back then I had no clue what I was doing. One evening after the sun had set I opened the hive and was immeadeately swarmed. The bees got under my veil and under my clothes and I sustained about 50 stings before I could crawl into the house where my dad beat the bees off of me with a broom.I layed on the couch and was sick for 24hrs. I wish I would have educated myself before I opened the hive for the first time. I have decided to go with a top bar hive and a Langstrof. I built my top bar hive and anticipate it will perform very well. I have been viewing this forum for 3 months in preparation for my leap into bee keeping this spring. My biggest concern is over wintering the bees here in Montana. When I got up yesterday it was minus 20 degrees. I am very thankful for this forum where "Old Pros" are willing to mentor "New Bees".
Bee seein you around,