I'm a second-year beekeeper with two hives, a ten frame hive and a five frame nuc. I started with a package the last week in March 2013, which swarmed the first week in May. I was able to catch the swarm, put them in a nuc and they are still doing well. My large hive of package bees are doing very well.
I recently purchased several 8 frame medium boxes. My plan is to use all 8 frame mediums, for brood boxes and supers, so my equipment from now on will interchange.
I look forward to learning more from this site and the forums this upcoming season.