Okay, I fed the bees on friday afternoon before going away for the weekend. They ate most of what was in the baggies and I just got back into town. I checked on their food, inspected comb and ensured the queen was laying (all good). .... except
Last week one of the two colony's clusters had started building comb in the back of the hive (in the area with honey-width bars). I wanted to move the brood nest onto the front where the brood bars were, so using incredible wisdom I moved the entire cluster forward, then spaced the bars with comb apart and inserted brood width bars between. I thought if I could get them to build comb there too, I could rearrange the bars and eventually move the brood nest onto all brood width bars ... well it was a nice thought anyway.
Today I pulled it open to do my checks and noticed half the combs were offcenter. I didn't really know how to fix the problem so I just put it back together.
Tomorrow I want to do another feeding, and hopefully work toward fixing the offcenter comb problem before it gets worse.
I'll be crawling the message archives tonight, but in the mean-time:
How do I prevent further comb growth to continue this trend?
What are my options for trying to correct the problem?
I'm thinking if I take all the off-center combs and throw them in the back the queen may stop laying there (while the colony continues to rear young hatchlings that have been layed). After these bees hatch as adults I can just yank those combs completely. Then again, who knows.
I promise I'll take photos tomorrow.