I'll pass. About 30 years ago watched my wife remove a Styrofoam cup from a live skunk. Poor thing had got his / her head stuck and she talked quitetly as she walked up and and simply pulled the cup off. No spray!Come along with me on the next trip to let the skunk out of the trap. I'll let you snip the zip ties.
This has been our experience as well.I dont think you make a good "groopie" Greg It is not my learning style either. Went to one group bee session and more time was spent talking about cats, house plants and goats than bees.
Never too early to order....its a lot better than too late.It's kind of early to order bees The local guy I talked to said order now as his list is filling up fast. Also when depends on where you are.
2 hives to compare and shared resources etc is exactly what I have been thinking as to why I would.