Spring isn’t far away, and whether you’re a novice or veteran in the beekeeping trade, you might be thinking about starting up a(nother) colony of your own. There are a lot of things to consider – from where you’re going to situate the hive, to what protective gear you’re going to need. The host of decisions can be daunting, but once you’ve got a colony up and buzzing (and several pots of scrumptious honey on the shelves), you’ll find there’s nothing more rewarding than this age-old hobby.
How you begin to build your colony is one of the more significant decisions you’re going to make. After all, even if you get everything else just right, the success of your harvest will inevitably hinge upon the animals themselves. Beekeepers have two choices in this regard: they can start with a nuc, or a package.