I just wanted to let you know...
I started bees 1 year ago and i consider myself new.
For me, I dont know anything about small cell, drone cells, different millimeter size cells, except what i read here. Its not a topic that gets my interest...yet.
All I know pretty much is....
I just bought frames....Just bought foundations. I just bought what the catalogs had...I didnt know the difference. I just knew that the foundation had circles(or hexagons?)(Remember that discussion yall?)
Anyways, I now have bees that seem happy to me! They dont seem to mind what size the cells are.
Sooo,...maybe you should not think too hard about the technical stuff yet...Enjoy the bees the first year and let them make the decisions about their well being.
I went to the local bee club.... And talk about Differences of Opinions!! They ALL want you to be their NEW FRIEND so as to show you the RIGHT WAY to do things!....Man, was my head spinning!...I didnt go back for 3 months!..I came here, learned more stuff, read more books,and then,......next meeting, there would be a speaker asking questions and getting no answers from the club members.....But,.....I would be saying in my head "Hey, I know the answer to that one!" But i wouldnt speak out because i didnt want these"Seasoned Veterans" to think of me as a "Mr Know it All".
Dont worry too much...I bet most of US here started with all the same worries and questions you have right now!
Well,...now that i think of it...Michael Bush probably didnt have the same worries...I think he was BORN with Honey running through his veins!...His writings are pretty easy to understand too.