I'm starting with my first two hives this spring in southern Michigan. A great Michigan beekeeper on this site offered to set me up with 4 deeps, 2 five frame nucs of carniolans on drawn duragilt foundation as a gift to help a beginner get started. I'm pretty excited by his generosity.
My question is: I still need to buy the supers with frames/foundation. I'm interested in going with small cell for mite control, but the deeps will be all large cell to start.
What kind of foundation and frames should I get for the supers? Should I buy large cell foundation for the supers, and then introduce small cell to the center of the brood nest slowly, or buy small cell for the supers and try to switch it all over at the same time?
Since I can also rent an extractor from the local bee club, I plan on extracting the honey, and am inclined to use a queen excluder since I won't have all medium boxes. (2 deeps for brood nest and medium supers)
Thanks for all the help on this site!!!