Hello all kind of broke the rules and posted a few times before introduction. Im in the middle of Michigan and started my first hive this year with a 3# package of California bees from Dadant. Was in beekeeping in 4-H 20+ yrs ago but never had my own hive(s) me and Dad always wanted too so finally decided to try it out. Very cool, find myself thinking about the colony all day at work and actually wishing I would have started two Next year for sure. Anyone close to me in Michigan give me a hollar Im always looking to learn more by helping harvest or whatever needs done. i have a strong back and good attitude when it comes to work.