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Small cell/natural cell (not treatment free beekeeping) typically produce smaller bees.

Small cell/natural cell may (or may not) be included in a particular treatment free beekeeping methodology practiced by someone.
Just as small cell/natural cell may (or may not) be included in a particular treatment-based beekeeping approach.
 

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I do have a lot of foundationless frames overall in my 5 long lang hives but it really seems clear to me that before I stopped treating my bees were larger in these same hives. I am worried they are struggling a bit.
 

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I do have a lot of foundationless frames overall in my 5 long lang hives but it really seems clear to me that before I stopped treating my bees were larger in these same hives. I am worried they are struggling a bit.
1) Foundation-less --> natural cell --> smaller bees.

2) You don't treat --> more mites --> they struggle more.

Don't try to find some strong connection between #1 and #2.
There isn't.
 

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Small cell/natural cell may (or may not) be included in a particular treatment free beekeeping methodology practiced by someone.
Just as small cell/natural cell may (or may not) be included in a particular treatment-based beekeeping approach.
Good reply, GregV.
 
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