Researched/read/took classes/helped friends/experimented for over a year before I bit the bullet and got my first nucs this year. Now I have four hives with another four hopefully by end of year. All is well so far. I'm amazed at the different personalities the girls have. One hive is so gentle you can scoop them up in your hand. One is so aggressive that the guards poke their little heads up and then kami-kazi you before you have time to react!
I look forward to participating and sharing what little I know and absorbing from you all. I've been reading here for a while and you all seem very open and cordial and giving. I hope I can add to your generosity.