My GF has decided she wants to raise Bee's. So, not knowing a thing about it I thought easy enough, a little research on the net, build a hive and I will have honey in no time. After spending the last 6 hours on the net, I realize that was wrong again.....3rd time today. I had no idea I would have to learn a whole new vocab in addition to how complicated this seems to the newbee. I will admit that I am now facinated with the few articles I have read/websites visited and I am looking forward to my new venture. I believe I will order the Beekeeping 101 book for a better understanding but I do have a few questions so far. Any response would be greatly appreciated. 1. Living in a wet winter climate, should I protect the hive in any way from moisture? 2. At this point, I am guessing I will start the hive with a package of bees. Should I start with just one hive and expand or would I be better off with a few? If a few should I buy 2 queens or raise my own? 3. I am on 2 1/2 acres so I really don't have to worry about neighbors but what about other livestock? How far should the hives be placed from rabbits/hogs and chickens? 4. I would like to build my own hives, are there different types of hives that would be benificial to my climate? Would I be better off building a NUC hive and going from there? 5. I am sure that this probably varies widely but reading the 70# of honey should be left in the hive for the bees to winter, approcx how much honey in addition to this will I get my 1st year per hive? Thanks for any answers.