Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
This is my first year beekeeping and I would love to get some feedback and input on some specific questions I have. I’m quickly realizing there are MANY hive management styles- and would love to hear from others and learn from your experiences. First, I’m in NE ABQ, I’ve decided on a Langstroth hive, specifically 8 frame mediums, and I should be getting my bees mid April. I like the standardization of having a Lang (easy sharing of resources if need be), but decided I would go foundationless, I prefer not to use plastic. The Lang frames I’m using have a wedge comb guide on the top bar. So here are my questions- 1. Since I'm starting totally fresh, so no foundation, no existing comb, am I taking a big risk that I’ll have comb issues? 2. Should I consider alternating foundationless frames with frames with foundation just to get started? 3. I noticed that I can actually fit a 9th frame easily into the hive box, should I consider putting in a 9th frame? Just in the brood box maybe? 4. If I stick with 8 frames, how should I space out the frames (i.e., just evenly spaced out or a cluster close together in the center). Thanks in advance! Really appreciate your help.