Ok, going on the assumption there are no stupid questions for newbees...... :-D
I got my package from Glory Bee, nice local folks who've been beeking for many years now and helping lots of people get started. When I went to pick up my package, they did a demo on installing a package and one of the things he mentioned was that in order to keep moisture from building up in the hives that you should elevate the rear of the bottom deep 2". Here in the Eugene area we DO get a lot of liquid sunshine, but when I went to set up my hive I just couldn't bring myself to leave the rear jacked up 2 full inches--it just seemed/looked weird. So, I compromised some by putting 3/4" cedar blocks under each corner. In looking at dozens and dozens of pics of other people's hives I've never seen any tilted forward......so, I'm wondering what do folks think about this?
My girls are doing fine--they're building out lots of comb and I watched them today with binoculars and they're busy bringing in TONS of pollen on their legs! It's pretty rewarding to go over to some nearby apple tree blooms and see the girls busy gathering nectar....