I have ordered a Nuc for April 2012 from a large local beekeeper. They are Carniolans who he says winter over well at this altitude (7000'). I have read a bee book and hope to learn more before the bees arrive. Local beekeeper also says he doesn't give extra feed, but makes sure the bees have enough honey to last the winter. Bees will exist mostly on wild and native plants growing in SW Colorado. Any thoughts or advice? Oh, and I plan to paint the hives and supers in lovely colors of salmon, periwinkle, blue, and yellow. Why not.