>So far the best idea I think I understand (because there is a lot I don't yet understand) is the logic of all medium boxes.
A 10 frame deep full of honey weighs 90 pounds.
A 10 frame medium full of honey weighs 60 pounds.
An 8 frame medium full of honey weighs 48 pounds.
Go to the hardware store and put two fifty pound boxes of nails together and lift them. That's a full deep. Then image it's glued down to the next box. :) Now take one box off and lift it. That's an eight frame medium.
>Would it be advised to start a colony by using medium nucs (if available?!?!?) and if so please elaborate.
Yes, that's how I start my packages. It's not necessary, but it gives them a nice start with minimum space to heat and gaurd and maintain.
>Do you know of anyplace that produces medium nucs?
They are available from Brushy Mt Bee Farm. It's also easy enough to cut down deeps.
>One issue I have is small cell foundation which is a contentious area I've been trying to understand. If I have a desire to go SC can I do so utilizing a nuc?
You can do so in any size equipment you like. The size of the equipment is irelevant to the size of the cells. The foundation is now available wired and uwired in both deep and medium from Dadant and I think also Brushy Mt.
For more on weight and size see my web site. For more on small cell, see my web site.