I am retired and have fuji persimmion trees. I have been fascinated with bees for years. This past 3 years I have had a commercial beekeeper on my property from the finish of almond bloom til summer when he takes them to the Dakotas. I am planting out the rest of my property this coming winter and will not have the room for his bees. I want to get started with a few hives. I have done some research and am in the process of getting gear together. He has offered some hives in a trade deal for an old 8n tractor. I am not sure if I need or want to go that route or buys nucs with new boxes. Anyway I will scroll thru the forum and see what all have to say.