I'm a soon to be beekeeper planning on starting in the spring 2001.
I have been able to find enough equipment to set up five hives (2-deeps, 2-honey supers, top, bottom, inner, frames, and wax x 5).
I've spent the summer and fall like Grasshopper from Kung Fu, sitting at the feet several Master Po's learning and doing all that I could to prepare.
One thing I've been told is not to expect much honey production the first year as the package bees will need to devote so much energy to drawing out comb which makes sense. I have seen (from two 2nd year keepers that lost most of their hives the first year) that that if you give the girls drawn out frames to get started you will basically eliminate that issue.
I hope to buy some drawn out deep frames and start the hives with about 4-5 per box so the queen can get right to work and give them a jump start.
My questions: What is a fair price for drawn out frames? Deeps? Honey supers?
Am I expected to swap frames and foundation for the drawn out ones or is it a package purchase?
Is this even a common practice or do keepers hold drawn out frames too dear to sell them?
Thanks folks, I have more questions where those came from and look forward to any help or info i can get