This post is coming from the Midwest. I had been researching on how to keep bees since October of last year. I learned everything I know as of right now from reading articles online and from books. I built all of my own hives in my wood shop class at school, which was pretty fun. I built all my boxes as mediums, 14 in total. The bottom boxes have become a little warped, I must've gotten skimpy on the glue with those boxes. I received my bees a little over a month ago, so far so good. Each hive (I'm starting with two) have filled at least 6 frames in total, mostly all brood as of now. I added a second box last week, since the weather here has been pretty warm. I've been using a hive top feeder, which has had its ups-and-downs. It has caused the inner cover to become a bit moldy from the condensation of the sugar water, but I've read the bees don't even mind a bit of mold in their feed, so I haven't worried about the inner covers too much. I'm hoping that I'm doing enough for them to survive the winter this year. It's been an amazing experience, and I hope I can learn much more from this forum.