I had a job years ago with a small apiary raising queens and sending them all over, I spent a lot of my time there moving bees around the state to pollinate crops, and building frames and boxes. It was a fun job and I have missed watching the bees. I have 25 acres in the foothills 70 miles east of Sacramento where we live and operate a solar powered machine shop. We have a few chickens for bug/weed control, 17 goats who work every day cleaning up underbrush, a huge white dog who keeps the mountain lions from eating the goats, and a Rotty that keeps my wife happy by always being under her feet. I have been wanting to have a few bees for some time and keep forgetting to order them, well this year I got them ordered, put into their new homes and they seem to be doing well. I am surprised and thankfull for all the helpfull folks on these forums, I hope to be able to contribute one day.