I am planning to use all medium boxes & eventually go foundationless. However, I have ordered a nuc from our local supplier (and can't get anything different this late in the season).

So, what do you recommend I do to get them on small cell foundation?

Also, I plan to order the PF-120 plastic frames from Mann Lake, but don't now how much I'll need. I only want to order once, because shipping to Canada is crazy!

I plan to follow Michael Bush's recommendations for getting started my getting my nuc into an observation hive (maybe-depending on what I end up doing with frame sizes, etc....it might be easier to get a strong colony started outdoors & develop the OBHive later.), splitting into a nuc & splitting again into a full hive.

How long do I need to continue with the plastic frames before starting them foundationless?