Installed a new top bar hive 10 days ago. Thumb tacked the queen cage on one of the bars. After 3 days opened up and queen was out and bar had a lot of comb to the point I had to cut comb around the cage to get it out. Today (10th day), I opened back up for first inspection. Entrance is on the end. Back from the entrance bars with the bar closest to the entrance being #1---- Bar 6, 5, & 4 perfect comb. But had cross comb between 3 & 2 which I cut with a bread knife to get bar 3 out. Wasn't sure if I should cut out of bar 3 the section where the cross comb was????
Appears they started building on bar 2, because bar 1 was not as complete as bar 2. But had a lot of cross comb build between 2 and 1. Attempted to cut cross comb, but after lifting bar 2 out the whole thing fell off bar. Did not have clips or tie wraps or anything to re-install. Inspected close for queen and brushed off bees and put comb in plastic bag. Brood comb lost. Did not realize they would build up this fast.
1) How often should I inspect/open a top bar - new hive?
2) Is cross comb that common? Should I expect it to be a given (cross comb)?
3) Is cutting cross comb the right thing to do or should I have just left the bars as is and walked away?
4) In my langstroth hives I rarely see this and if I do it is mostly between the walls and end frames or between the frames and the frames 0f the box above it. Is this common for top bar hives?
5) When this occurs, should I cut out the section of comb where the cross comb has occured to dis-courage?
6) Does a cross bar hive require more attention than a lang?