Hello, Recently, I heard of you from a member and wanted to see what the site was all about. I like what I see and also see alot of familiar names. My name is Zane. I live in NW Missouri. I'm @ year 2 of keeping bee's. I started last year w/ 1 nuc, and ended it w/ 5 more swarms and 2 cutouts for a total of 8 colonies, most had over a deep of stores for the winter. This year I had 3 colonies survive. We had a goofy winter w/ lots of hot and cold temps and the girls died off w/ lots of stores in most hives. Right now I am @ 11 hives after a couple splits, 5 swarms and 1 cutout. I hope to get the girls building more comb than last year and hopefully I can them stored up better and maybee get some honey from them. As you read I collect swarms and am doing cutouts when I can. I enjoy keeping bee's for pollination of my small orchard and garden, plus just the fun I have working them. They are an interesting "hobb" Hopefully through you fellow beeks I can continue to learn and grow and keep on having fun w/ the bee's.