G Brett wrote:I've told buying a nuc is probably the best way to go for a new guy, with a brand new hive.
opinions will obviously vary on this, but I would say the best way to go would be to get yourself on any local swarm lists you can find. my introduction to beekeeping was with swarms, and I think it really set the relationship on a positive course from the get go.
buying a nuc may seem like more of a sure thing, and it might be. but plenty of nucs fail for a variety of reasons. that can be especially discouraging if you've dropped a lot of cash for one.
I will offer this disclaimer: I have never purchased bees, so I won't claim to have any kind of authority on that subject.