I'm in cold, snowy Massachusetts, just northwest of Plymouth (you know...Plymouth Rock?) I'm just getting started with becoming a beekeeper. I've done a years worth of research and I'm still learning new things daily.
I've decided to go with all medium 8 frame boxes. My question is this: if I was to start 2 hives (if my budget allows), how many boxes should I order? I was told 5 per hive (2 for brood and 3 for honey). Is this what most people agree with? Beekeeping can be expensive to get started, so I want to be sure I'm not over ordering. Or under ordering for that matter. Any input would be appreciated.
Also...any input about going foundationless would also be helpful. I think I'm going to use the starter strips, but would using paint stirrers/popsicle sticks be just as good? I was going to go with foundation at first, but was so overwhelmed by the choices and advice, that I decided to go without.
Thanks a bunch!