Hi all!! My name is Brad and I live in a small town called Aroma Park Illinois which is located about 60 miles south of Chicago. I am Firefighter/Paramedic, married and have 5 daughters. I've just received my first bee hive from betterbee.com and have it assembled. I have a location and am ready to go. The one question that I have is that it is now the first week of August... is it too late in the year to start a colony? Keep in mind the type of winters we have here near Chicago. If not can you guys point me in the right direction as far as where to get a nuc colony to start mine? Also what is everyone's opinion on using a queen restrictor ? I've heard both good and bad. Thanks for any advice in advance.