First sorry if this has been posted before but I was not able to locate the thread.
I am preparing to install 4 - 3 pound packages in two weeks (2 italian 2 russian). I have an assortment of equipment and was wondering if there is any advantage to the bees to use a 5 frame deep nuc box vs a 10 frame deep brood box vs a 10 frame medium brood box. I have all three available and would like to get the bees off to the best start possible. I almost worry about putting them into the 10 frame until they have built up somewhat. We still have some cold nights through the middle of April.
I plan to give each of them about two frames of capped honey from last year, two or three frames of drawn comb and feed pollen patties if they will take them. What are the preferences out there? Does it really matter, would nuc boxes require more intense management to prevent swarming if the brood area fills up? Any comments appreciated.