First year beekeeper with two hives, very excited about this new venture. Fighting with ants at the moment but otherwise things are going well in spite of an early re-queening problem.
Speaking of queens... Does anyone have a recommendation for reputable queen suppliers? I paid shamrock bees $58 to have a new queen overnighted. The package arrived with crispy critters. Called (got vm) and emailed to get a quick replacement for my queenless hive, no return call, no returned email, no refund. Lesson learned.