Hello everyone. This is my first time here and was looking for some thoughts or advice from experienced beekeepers.
I have been desperately wanting to get into beekeeping for many years now. Unfortunately, because I have been in the military for the last 18 years or so, I have always been unable to actually get started because of either my situation, or my location. I have read a lot on beekeeping and watched a lot of videos on beekeeping, but never been able to actually do any. I have recently landed in a spot in southern Georgia where I actually have the combination of ample time and a location where I could have bees. The only downside is that I will most likely be here for just over 2 years. There's is a chance I could be here much longer, but it is not the likely outcome. So my question is: would it be wise to get a beehive, get it started and get the experience of starting a beehive and maintaining it for a couple years before I leave this area and I can take that experience with me to wherever I wind up going (which will definitely be a place where I can have beehives)? Or would it make me an irresponsible beekeeper to get a beehive that I knew I would just wind up having to get rid of in a couple years? Wherever I wind up going next is likely to be nowhere near where I live now. It's really the ethical side of it that I'm asking about. I have no problem shelling out the money required to buy the equipment, I feel the knowledge and experience will be worth it. And I'm not concerned about being able to harvest honey or wax; again, it's the experience I want. But I wonder if it would be akin to getting a puppy knowing I would be moving in 2 years then having to get rid of it when the time came. I don't really know exactly what I would do with the beehive before I leave. Ideally, find someone to sell/give them to, but I haven't been able to find any apiaries near me, so that's still a mystery as of now and even if I lined up someplace to give them to ahead of time, who knows if it will still be a viable option 2 years from know. I would really love to get into beekeeping, but I really want to be a responsible beekeeper, so any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.