Welcome to the forum Brian.
You have found the right place to learn more about beekeeping. I am a first year beekeeper, 2 colonies from packages, and 1 captured swarm.
What I really like about this forum is that I haven't had to ask many questions. Just reading older posts-someone has already asked-and had it answered.
If you have any questions-don't be afraid to ask. People are MORE than happy to answer, and no one will think you're stupid for asking. That's how us newbees learn. There are a bunch of friendly folks here, and we have a lot of fun with some of the posts, specifically the 2011 model Tecumseh organic hive ventilation device.
In the meantime, while you are acquiring equipment (get plenty of woodenware), keep reading. Another good source is you-tube. Just search for beekeeping-there are hundreds of videos there covering all aspects of beekeeping.
Again, welcome to the forum. We're looking forward to plenty of posts from you.
Warm greetings to you Roger,
A lot of us here started with "just" 2 hives. Before I new what had happened, I had so much honey that I didn't know what to do with it.
We all wish you well and a productive association with the Forum.
Keep your eyes attuned to Iddee's words of wisdon--he says a lot of very important things without wasting any extra words. :thumbsup:
Before you know it, you'll feel like youve been a long time friend with a lot of people here. :drinks: