I have a friend willing to give me 2 old(a few years) hives that he isn't using. He did beekeeping for a few seasons and then quit. He has a lot of other hobbies LOL
So, other than looking for American Foulbrood, what else would make you say no to free boxes and frames?
Keep in mind, I know this guy and he's not charging me any money; I approached him b/c I am trying to save money in getting set back up.
I don't want to be naive and think all used equipment is fine, but the way some ppl talk, it's better to spend hundreds of dollars on brand new stuff than take a chance. But if overall winter losses average 42% anyway, it seems like this would be a good idea. I could buy all new equipment and lose hives anyway.