I've been reading a bunch of old posts about foundations. I will be starting 2 new hives. 2 deeps per hive and mediums for honey. I have a local apiary to supply me bees (nucs) and a few people at our bee club said his bees are wonderful.
I would like to run as natural as I can. I like to go foundationless.
To start with:
Can I start the hives with every other frame foundationless, (I will have the frames from the nuc to start)? Can I use small cell foundation strips (5.1)or is that too much too soon?
If not small cell foundation, what starter should I use just? Medium brood and cut strips of that?
For the first few years to start I want to do crush and strain( if I have enough honey). Should I use thin surplus or medium brood wax foundation starter for the honey suppers? If the bees aren't laying it seems a waste to put small cell in the honey supers, is that true?