So, I just installed two packages into TBH's designed to take a Lang frame hung off the bar. My own design after talking with some local Beeks about their troubles with overwintering in their TBH's in our climate, and deciding that the frame would support the deeper comb that seems to work better overwintering in the cold. All that leading up to the fact that, because our lives got suddenly very crazy for a couple weeks before my packages arrived, I almost had no hives to put the bees into at all, and certainly ran out of time to install comb guides into my frames (popsicle stick type). So now I have two hives, with new packages installed (two days old) and no comb guide. I do realize that this is a bad situation to start out in. My question being, how do I rectify the situation, or am I just up a creek without a paddle now? I was thinking of opening the hive and trying to install at least a few comb guides onto the frames that the bees are not currently balled up onto?? But I don't want to mess with the hive any more than I have to.
I should also mention that it's gotten chilly again here in the NE, highs in the very low fifties and a very strong, very cold, wind. Bees seem to be holed up in the hives so far. Local Beeks tell me there won't be flying weather until the end of the week at the earliest. So basically I'm dealing with a giant ball of bees when I open the hive (had to open yesterday because one of my feeders was leaking.)