I have been raising bees for over 10 years and I still learn something about them nearly everyday. They are not something to take lightly. If you want to be a beekeeper, you have to take care of them. I have learned that the hard way over the years. I have lost hives in the winter because I assumed that they had enough to eat. Not the case. You must be aware of how they are doing and take action if needed. I check on them weekly now through the winter to make sure they have stores on hand and if not feed them. It is heartbreaking when you lose a hive.