Just a new, aspiring beekeeper looking for a helping hand with any and all tips for the wonderful world of beekeeping. Our little homestead will be starting our first two hives this spring with two nucs. We started with a basic starter kit and after assembling all the components this past weekend have realized it only came with two supers and the other essentials. Will be ordering another kit, but this time with deep hive bodies to start our brooding. Was wondering about opinions on screened bottoms and, adversely, slanted racks and the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of these components. Also, any general tips for starting a strong colony that will be able to survive the rough New England winters.
Thank you very much in advance and I look forward to chatting and sharing with all of you!