I recently decided that I'd like to try my hand at beekeeping this summer. I contacted an individual from craigslist that was advertising 5 frame nucs for $90. When I spoke to him and asked whether he knew anyone that might have used hives for sale, he told me he could sell me established colonies for $200 each. He's bringing them up from FL to Northern WI at the end of April to early May.
Each colony includes:
2013 Italian queen
two medium supers
What are some variables that I should be aware of when inspecting these colonies? Thanks in advance for your shared knowledge.