I need help! I am looking in to getting my first hives from a retiring beekeeper. Being as new as I am, I'm concerned that I'm not going to get a good deal. I'm mostly worried about the health of the bees. I know you can't really dig into the hives this time of year to really get a good look. Hes selling all of his honey equipment, 2 established hives, and 2 empty ones. Any help that you can give would be great, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.