I'm from Texas and have been a beekeeper for the past 3 years.
I have 3 hives and am planing to do splits from the third to make 2 more.
I made my bee hobby a family thing with all contributing $6 a month and spliting the honey and in the future the pollin. I do all the maintenence and keep the wax.
I find beekeeping a fluid learning experience and I learn new things every day. One of my biggest mistakes in the begining was thinking if a queen's wings were cliped, she couldn't fly away. When my naibor reported my bees swarmed in another naibors tree I said they couldn't be mine for she can't fly away. Well if the hive for whatever reason supercedded her then Duhhh she can't but the new queen can. This was my $60 mistake and 1yr setbake
God did I feel like a shmuk