I have just placed my order for my first 2 bee hives! I'm very excited about this as I've been reading about beekeeping for over 10 years. I've also found a local bee keeper who has taken me under his wing and is allowing me to help him with his hives. Hands on training is the best way to learn! I hope they will arrive tuesday of next week. That gives me a week to assemble, paint and set them up before my nucs are ready for pick up. A nuc is a 5 frame bee package with a queen, workers, and drones. It is a jump start to a hive rather than a 3 to 5 pound bee package. The frames have brood, pollen, and honey reserves on them already. I don't expect to have any surplus honey this year for my mead making... but next year there will be many many pounds of golden goodness! There will be a special blog post with pictures on the assembling of the bee hives.