Re: "Newbie Question" Should I get FERALS BEES from local beekeeper or not. Please He
There's no mean bees in Menlo Park, that's a nice area for bees by the way, it's probably swarms from the area from other hobbiest's hives and not truly feral bees. And, you've got a beekeeper that sounds like he's willing to take you on board. You better jump on board while the offer is there and enjoy the ride. The best thing a newbee can do is get parked under a more experienced beekeeper mentor. You'll learn much more and much faster than you can any other way. Take the bees and good luck with the new hobby!
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed. I treat, but have not perfected varroa management yet.