third year beekeeper here in the Indiana Dunes. I had lots of queen issues past summer and lost both (2/only) hives. So I am basically starting fresh but with my old equipment of 2 hives,10 frame, deeps and mediums with large cell plastic foundation. I've got 3 packages coming of 4.9 bees. I need to wrap my head around what I need to purchase, cut, remake etc. Ideally, I'd like to also have all 8 frame mediums. But since this is going to take some time/effort, I think I will wait another year to cut down to 8 frame. But I will cut down all to mediums since I have to get mew 4.9 foundation anyway.
Tell me what you think, if i have forgotten something, haven't thought of something, if there's an easier way about this: I need one whole new hive set up, so Im thinking I will just buy that in 8 frame, all mediums, with the frames and small cell wax foundation. Im going to switch to PF 120s for my old hives...but the "all in one" set ups don't give that option. I was not planning to go with wax, but I think it'll be more expensive to piece out a whole hive set up just so I can use PF 120s across the board. ? I've never used wax foundation, and I am pretty new at this. I've read a lot about wired/not wired but can't decide. Since its all mediums I think I would be ok with unwired?
For the old hives: I will have to cut down my deeps to medium. Order 5 new, 10 frame, medium boxes to assemble (as extras). Order 40 PF120 in black, 80 new PF120 in white (for the 4 old mediums, plus 4 of the new boxes...the last box i will cut down to an 8 frame before assembly to use as an extra for the new hive and get another 8 frames of PF120 white for that) sound right? It's painful to think about all the old wooden frames I will no longer need. I wish someone was making 4.9 plastic foundation. I figure I will keep some on hand in case the plastic frames break.
I'm not sure about having 2 with plastic frames, and then the one with wooden/wax foundation. On the up side it will give me an opportunity to see for myself how the wax foundation is to work with. On the downside I won't be able to swap/borrow with the other 2. Thanks in advance for any feedback.