I (the family and I) am a newbie in Indiana. I have done quite a bit of research, but obviously have tons to learn. That is one of the primary reasons I joined this group.
We currently have ten hives. These ten are made up of a combination of packages, nucs, and swarms. My swarms seem to be the hardest working of the three groups. One of my swarms, captured May 11, has 8 or 9 of the ten frames in the brood box drawn out already. The queen was laying within 4 days of capture.
Beekeeping is only a hobby/sideline, and will probably remain as such for several years. I hope to learn, and be prepared to expand slowly over that period of time. I am just happy to be here, for now.