I am a beginner (extreme beginner). All my knowledge comes from reading websites, watching youTube, and talking to a friend who started his first hives this past spring.
I was planning on starting one or two top bar hives Spring 2013, but found a person who is selling one not far from where I live.
I worry about buying a hive with problems, but the seller seams honest and has several Urban hives in his suburban yard. Says he is reducing his numbers. This seems to be a good opportunity to have a stronger hive next spring rather than starting with a 3# .
As I live in a cold climate is there any advice about buying a hive this time of year, necessary winter prep, or what to be concerned about with health or hive moving before buying? Any suggestions on how to maximize my chance for having a strong hive next spring?
Thank you all.