Mike l see you have lots of knowlidge!
Well let me first explain a problem l have here. Its of legal origin.
Basicly, becomeing a beekeeper in our butyfull country is not so simple.
First, you need to perform a education and become a member of the national beekeeping asociarion. Then, you need to register all your hives and familys. Buy from a official seller. You need a aproveal of local profesional beekeepers not to interfeer with their pasture??? Lots of veterinary inspectors visiting regulary and mandatory bee treatment with god knows what chemicals.
Nope, not to my taste. I rather have a hive or two in my peace of paradise, in secrecy.
That is why l can more or less only stick to writen literature on this, its not safe to knock on a local beekepers and say “hi, l plan to do ilegal beekeping, any tips?”
A nother question. As l understand, its possible to buy individual combs with some bees and the queen, to start the family. Now, thats ok for a clasical frame hive, but how does one start a family from a frame comb in a top bar hive?