Hello Amy, I read your post on another thread which led me to believe you got the idea that buying package bees were the way to go. Yes I read where you were buying a nuc this year. I think that the nuc is the way to do it if you can and get them localy.
The story of my woes, started with bees in a tree which didn't seem to care much for the brand new hives I had gotten for them.So being really as dumb as a box of rocks and not having this forum for helpful information I bought one (only one) Nuc which didn't make it thru the first winter. Should have bought two so I could have spilt the one that did make it thru the winter.
Instead I bought two packages. Packages that cost me money but brought some sort of illness to my area which forced me to kill them off.
If it were not for me joining a club about a year ago I wouldn't have any bees just equipment. But I had two different club members give me swarms of bees plus I teamed up with one of the members and captured 3 more swarms so I have 5 colonies now.
No I do not recommend packages at all. I recommend buying local nuc's if possiable where you can inspect the health before buying.
I also firmly believe you should start with two colonies and you should join a club.
You also do not have to be a stranger on the garden forum. Nor do you have to stick just to the veggies section.