Picked up my first 5 frame Nuc's a week ago and opened them up today to check things out and give them more pollen substitute... One has a standard bottom board while the other has a Country Rubes' bottom board and that is the one I have a question about.
I know the Country Rubes' bottom board has extra space between the bottom of the frames and the screen in order to place the plastic board above the screen for areas with cold weather and/or for using certain mite controls but my bees turned that extra space into comb. Now I know that bee space is important to keep the bees building comb correctly but I hadn't thought of or seen any posts about what the bees might do with this extra space but my bees had added an inch+ to the bottom of all 5 frames and hadn't drawn any new comb on the foundation that was added when they were installed.
I guess my question is... Have any of you seen the same thing and if so do I leave it or keep removing it when I go in? It's not burr comb and wasn't attached to anything but the bottom of the frame but they hadn't drawn any of the foundation and seemed to have spent their efforts doing this. I've been feeding them a 1:1 and included pollen substitute on top of the fact that we have a pretty good honey flow right now. Should I leave the comb, take it out or is there another option?
I've included a picture of what I'm talking about... It was the one with the least amount of comb drawn along the bottom but at luck would have it the only picture that turned out decent, most had that comb along the full length of the frame. These are my first hives and I could really use some advice.