Re: Getting off the "package treadmill"
I may have just gotten lucky. But I saw several presentations on nucs via video right along with my research on hives in general. For me it resulted in a nuc not being a strange idea but just another way to keep bees.
It is nothing to see people favor 8 frame med over 10 frame deeps.so whats the issue if you go to 5 frame deep or even 4 frame shallow? I don't have the time to figure it right now but it would be interesting to see the progression in terms of frame area.
To me it makes since to pick a box that your bees fit in to some degree. a weak colony in a 10 frame deep may do just fine in a 5 frame deep. It is just another dimension for a hive. so keep it.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.