Hello everybody, though I would join since I have been one of the visitor on this site for the last two months or so. My dad had honey bees when I was a kid and when I was around 11 we had a bad winter in north Ga.and he lost all but one of his 23 hives of bees. Reading, I now think I know why they all died, my dad took to much honey from them, and they straved to death. Anyway he never had any patience so he sold all of them. So here I am 63 years later going to have my first hive of bees this April and hope I have some luck getting a good strong hive of bees. I am getting worry though as warm as it is all of the trees and a heep of flowers will already been bloomed before I get them and they will have a hard time getting started. My back yard is nothing but weeds and I am going to have to mower it Monday for my small dog I can hardly see it anymore out there. I have seen honey bees around here once or twice in the 15 years I have been here, and I don't think there are to many bees around close. I sure have the carpenter bumble bees though, and wasps and yellow jackets. I live in east central Al.,close to fort Benning Ga. I went to the Al.Beekeepers Association yesterday at Auburn University and meet some good people there was able to buy some beekeeper stulf also. I will sure have some questions later.