I a currently living in Alaska, but will be moving to Bremerton, WA late summer, early fall of this year. I plan on having at least one hive on the property, once I move to WA. I believe in plenty of research before I start into any venture and so this has been no different. I have found out, that Stedman's Bee Supplies will be my local supplier, as well as local organization location. I have been reading a lot of information Mr. Bush has put out, and believe that information to be advantageous to follow. I see a lot of people using sugar syrup to feed new hives on start up even though the information I have read is that it's too alkaline and has a detrimental affect on reproduction. Why are people using it instead of honey and pollen? How do I know that my bee supplier is providing quality queens, and not those commercially grown? It hasn't been stated straight out, so I am assuming, would I need to have mostly small sized comb frames for the workers and a couple of large combed frames for the Drones in one Super? I am sure that this is only the beginning of the questions I will ask. Thank you for your time. I'm sure that this will shape up to be an excellent hobby to start out my military retirement, along with the Ham Radio.
Thank you again.