Re: beginner needs help
I forced one package, otherwise boxes of HSC were placed over bees that I wasn't sure of being sc. I have about 40 frames of HSC in a number of hives and nucs. I can start new colonies with those frames, knowing, without any doubt, that the bees are "small cell".
There are a few choices :
1. You buy sc bees.
2. You put the package of bees on "pf" frames and possibly cycle some frames
3. Do the intermediate foundation thing with I believe, 5.1mm wax
4. Force the bees onto hsc
#3 would be my last choice. I have limited time, and even more limited patience.
I would suggest that your friend buy/build some five frame nuc equipment if possible. It will be nice to have when queen cells come along.
5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...