Thanks Rusty, EdWelcome!
New beeks have a steep learning curve to deal with that first year, so I would strongly recommend you buy a local nuc—survivor or VSH if at all possible. That way you get some disease/mite resistance to help the bees survive while you learn AND you get a local beekeeper to ask questions of. And you WILL have questions! (Plus many package suppliers who ship are already sold out this late in the year.)
Good luck with this!
Thanks Graham, I ordered a Cordovan and 3 pounds of workers from Shamrock, none available till May 7, thanks, EdWelcome to Beesource!
I have no argument with Rusty's comments, but not everyone can find a local nuc. Nucs are more difficult to ship than packages (usually 3 lbs of bees + a caged queen). The most common packages are Italians.
Whether you choose a package or a nuc, time's a wastin'! :lookout: Work quickly to identify a vendor with delivery dates open and get in line before they are all sold. Generally, expect to put down a deposit of 50% to secure your reservation.