I have a 1st year hive (from a package in April). They seem to have not drawn out the foundation in an even fashion - right now, on almost all of the frames in the upper chamber which have honey in them, the bees have drawn out the comb so that it extends past the edge of the frame. If I lift up the frame, the comb is scraped open and the bees go a little nuts.
Here's an example of what I am talking about (click to enlarge):
This situation is on a lot of the frames.
I know I can find a frame where I can remove it safely, then scoot the others around. But I was wondering what I can do about this (and when). I don't think I want to mess around too much now as winter is approaching. I was thinking of waiting for spring, when the bees have (hopefully) eaten the honey in the frames; then I can do something.
But I am not sure what I can do in the spring. My options seem to be 1) replace with a new frame (of undrawn foundation), or 2) try to cut / push down the protruding comb and let the bees clean up the edges.
Am I right that bees use the adjacent frame to judge the proper spacing? If I put in a new undrawn frame, what's to keep the bees from doing the same thing, just adding on to the adjacent drawn frame, thus creating the same problem?
At the various outdoor meetings of our bee club over the summer I didn't see this problem in others' hives. Is it also related to the fact I started on wax coated plastic foundation?
Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions.