Re: more frequent hives checks OK if I don't use smoke?
Mitch, i am no "expert".
My smaller hives single boxe, nucs, i would like to check weekly at least. (How much brood, wellness, etc) Hives with boxes of foundationless frames 3 or 4 days in my opinion would be prudent , to work the comb, if other measures are not in place.
Hives 6 or7 supers high, i'm not going into un less i have to.
I have a lit smoker on hand every time i open a hive from a strong nuc upward. Good luck ... CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.