Hello, im a first time beekeeper here with 2 new nucs and a removal I did a week ago.
My question is: am I able to use regular cell sized foundation in my medium honey supers if I am using small cell foundation in my brood box and no queen excluder?
My reason for asking is: My 3 new hives are using small cell wax foundation to help combat verroa mites. After lots of research I would like to try maintaining one of my colonies with a single brood chamber. I have seen some commercial honey producers who add the first honey super with no queen excluder, allowing the queen to lay into the super which guaranties plenty of laying room for a strong hive. Then latter going back and adding a queen excluder over the single brood box with the queen in the bottom box. After all the brood hatches out in the supper it will be filled with honey and can be harvested. They are basically expanding the brood nest when the hive is growing, and shrinking it back when its not needed. I would like to try this strategy with only one hive because it seems more complicated and this is my first year. I plan to use medium honey supers but I have not seen small cell foundation for medium boxes, and before I though of this problem I ordered some regular foundation for my supers. I do realize I would not be benefiting from the small cells as much because I would have larger bees in the larger cell foundation, so more mite treatments may be needed this way. But will the different size foundations cause any kind of problems or confusion for the queen or bees?