Re: Is checkerboarding OK for the five frame NUCS ?
i'm visualizing walt cringing every time someone uses the term 'checkerboard' in some other way than it was meant to be used.
it's not that big of a deal, but as mike posted, the accepted definition of checkerboarding means taking two honey supers in late winter, and alternating honey and drawn comb above the brood nest, like this:
d = drawn h = honey
again, no big deal, just semantics.
fp, sounds like what you did is 'open up the broodnest' with foundation. some would argue, that since you didn't have drawn comb, it would have been better to put the foundation on the outside, and keep your broodnest together. of course, things worked out for you anyway, so, there you go.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives