I am located in House Springs,Mo. A couple of years ago my wife and I purchased a home with six acres. Finally this year I got her where she does not think I am completely crazy for getting chickens. Now to move on. I would like to get a few hives (only one to start) of bees as I have my insanity to protect. Is there any places around St Louis, Mo. for equipment? I don't mind making the hives(in fact I would enjoy it) but I not sure I understood the plans I saw. Also a little unsure the exact pieces needed at start (a brood, top, and then later a super?}. Any members close ? Oh I work overnight so please forgive errors as I am very tired as usual this time of the day.