Total novice at beekeeping, but have lived with and loved bees for a long time, including a hive in a tree just outside my front door.
I bought a hive kit just after the season to buy nucs in April (because THAT'S HOW I ROLL. . .), and just assembled it last week. I put it out on a picnic table in the shade and sprinkled the area with flowers they frequent (onion flowers, lamb's ears). I tend to take goofy approaches like this that involve a lot of magical thinking.
My question: since I've offered such a nice home and have many, varied, organic sources of pollen in my yard, is it likely that some lucky bee will discover it and bring his/her friends, and raise a queen? Am I insane? (Rhetorical question; real question: has anybody ever done this, and did it work?)
Aside from being, you know, lazy, it seems to me that locally-adapted bees ready to swarm would be healthier. I also cut most of the plastic base away, having read that giant book about natural beekeeping that says letting them pick the size of their comb and therefore their body size (what a concept!) makes for healthier bees and less Varoa.
Oh, plus: where do people stand on screened base, vs. solid? I left out a couple boards from the kit and stapled window screen over it, because what I read seemed like the ventilation is better for their health.
Thanks for this site! B girl (I can't believe nobody's used that name. Remember? Bar girls, hired by bars to encourage customers to spend more money? I actually thought it was an actress in a "B" movie, but I looked it up.)