Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a new beekeeper this year from NW Connecticut. I did not enter this lightly. I have spent the last two years researching, reading and learning. I finally pulled the trigger this year. Having a blast. I currently have three hives started with packaged bees (2 w/ Italians and Buckfast queens and 1 w/ Carnolian), and two hives started from nucs (Russians). It is an addictive hobby. I have already started building my own equipment and continue to read and learn. I also joined a local beekeeping club with hopes of networking and learning from those with experience. This is a great forum and I look forward to a great year. So far do good.