Hello everybody. I've never kept bees before and am planning on starting next year. I don't know anyone who has ever kept bees before so I know pretty much nothing about them. I've watched a few youtube videos and have signed up for two beginner classes later this year. Right now I'm searching for a few books to read, so any suggestions would be great.
What got me interested in bees is that I was looking to raise rabbits, and someone suggested I start with bees as I've never raised any animals before. My grandfather raised chickens, but we don't really have room for them at my house. My parents have a piece of land that they said I could put a hive on, so I'm looking for a sunny spot as there are a lot of trees around, but a small stream runs through it that flows all year round, so I think this would be a good water source. There aren't many flowers around, so I may plant a butterfly bush or two to help them out. This year I'm focusing on the planning end so that next year I can take the plunge.
I'm really looking forward to gaining as much knowledge as I can from everyone on here!