My name is Adrian and I recently purchased a house in Clinton CT.
I've read and researched my fair share about beekeeping and as is normal for me I delay and delay until it's probably too late. I tend to over research (if there is such a thing) because I think it would be awful for me to jump into this and do a disservice to the bees.
I've always lived in CT, my father owns a farm, I live on 2.5 acres, been around bees before (my grandfather has always had bees and his father before), and I thought it was about time I stopped ignoring my roots and got some bees. I've spent these last cold months learning and spent yesterday with my Gramp just talking about bees.
Long story short I am looking for 2 local nucs. My grandfather's remaining hives are getting mean and my wife is a bit leery of bees because of a childhood experience so I'd prefer not to scare her away (I need a gentle set :-) . I would prefer to find a local beekeeper to supply my bees (I will gladly pay) but I am not against ordering and having bees shipped if I have to. So my question is two fold,
1) Any local CT people looking to help a newbie start out (or know someone I can contact who you've dealt with)
2) can anyone provide me with a testimonial on places like Walter T Kelley, Draper's, etc.
I'm building the hives myself (though I do have one from my Gramp) as I have access to a full wood shop and I feel like it's a better way to learn about the hive. I will also be contacting the CT Beekeeper's Association and Backyard Beekeeper's Association.
Thank you for your time!