Re: New from Bama
your location says B'ham, so... I've seen a few post were people were selling their hives. Check the "Beekeeping In Alabama" group on FB.
it's not too late for a full hive or nuc IMHO. If you're able to find a hive or nuc, keep in mind, you'll need equipment. https://www.foxhoundbeecompany.com/ is in Hoover
I like his bee suites and his hive bodies and equipment. I've purchased from him and you can (or at least used to be able to) go by his house/shop and pick it up.
Join the "Jefferson County Beekeeper's Association - Members Page" on FB and the organization https://www.jeffcobees.org/
online Class $40 , was free but not anymore https://extension.psu.edu/beekeeping-101
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