I started building my hives this winter and now have one top bar and 3 Langstrof hives. I bought two packages and have caught 3 swarms in the swarm boxes I built. All three from the same person's yard. The first swarm wasn't very big and has all but disappeared. Not sure if it was something I did (probably), but I will retrieve the third swarm this weekend and place in the now empty deep.
I took a number of classes from a local club, read books, forums and watched online videos. So much more to learn, but it's the most fun project I've undertaken.
I wake up in the middle of the night thinking of the girls.
I hope that what I'm doing will help the bees as well as pollinate our gardens and orchard.