What kind of Hive and Bees, ya gonna try to round up?
Swarms are a great start. That's how we got into it. We've got a mix of Lang and Long hives. Really are enjoying the Beeking. Starting our second year out with four hives and a nuc with Bees. Got four more Langs, a second Long, and four more nucs ready waiting for Bees.
SweetBee and HAB
I've got 2 Langstroth hives; 10-frame deep brood chamber over screened board with Pierco frames. Currently have 1 brood box with a polysytrene top feeder and outer cover. I'll be using medium supers for collection when the bees start making honey. I'm going to keep the "wild" hive alone and see if I can grow it this coming year. For comparison, I'm ordering a 3# package with a clipped/marked queen from B Weaver Apiary in Navasota (about a 40 min drive from my house) that I'll pick-up (hopefully) in March. I've got lots of room out at the property and it's tempting to buy more hives and bees - but I figure I better give it a full season to make sure I know what I'm getting myself into ... !