What prompted you to start keeping bees, if you do not mind me asking?
Don't mind at all, kind of funny/strange the way it actually came about.
In the closing days of October last year, I was playing on Facebook and had jumped into a political discussion on the page of a good friend of mines wife. One of her friends, some guy i didn't even know, and I were having a pretty good back and forth, and not quite seeing eye to eye. :-D
So at some point, I remember thinking, "let me see who this clown is..." :), So I clicked on over to his Facebook page. And there it was, some photos of him and his wife doing their honey harvest.
I can't really explain it, but at that moment, within seconds, it hit me like a ton of bricks...Kind of a cross between, "I bet that would be interesting" and "I think I'm going to do that". :laugh:
Figured it might be a great hobby for me and my little nephew that lives right next door, he and his step dad had done a number of animal related hobbies which he enjoyed....(chickens, ducks, goats, etc.)
So, within minutes, wanting to run the idea by my brother in law, before mentioning it to my nephew, I shot him a text floating the idea, to which he was fully supportive.
At that point, I started researching bees heavily, In addition to the internet and local bee clubs, I decided to travel about 5 hours to attend the State Beekeepers annual convention which was November 30th and December 1st of that year. On December 2nd, I was back home and at Home Depot buying boards to start building my boxes. By January 15th, I was the proud owner of two Nucs.
And as they say, the rest is history.....