Read this from start to finish. Such an interesting read, although beekeeping sounds interesting I'm far too scared to own several hundred/thousand bees. Might see if I can help out with a local beekeeper if I can find one.
So itsybitsy, thank you.
If you keep other animals for productive purposes, whether for meat, wool or bi-products, here's the area to chat. I mean, you do realise chickens are the gateway drug to other animals, don't you?