I started two packages two weeks ago on medium frames with Duragilt foundation. The bees have not accepted this foundation despite my spraying it liberally with sugar syrup when I installed it. Instead, they have built combs in the space between two sheets of foundation, attached to the top bar of one of the frames. Fortunately they have not attached it to two frames at a time, and I can still pull the frames out.
Yesterday I inspected one of my hives, and as I was leaning a frame against the hive with one hand to take a picture of it with the other, the comb on the back side of the frame (this frame had two combs - one attached to the top bar on either side, with an untouched piece of Duragilt in between) fell out and landed on top of the other frames in the box. I picked it up and put it back into the frame, wrapped it all with some wire I had in the shed, and put the frame back in.
Here's a picture of that frame (well, part of it. I was taking a picture of the larvae):
There are actually bees behind that wax, between the comb and the foundation. The bees are doing their thing - laying eggs, raising brood, etc., but I need to get this problem fixed. I am puzzled about what to do. Should I take out all the wax and rubber band it into foundationless frames like a cutout? At that point, should I even bother with foundation at all? Now that I've seen what natural comb looks like, with the cell bottoms as thin as they are, I find it hard to believe that foundation really saves the bees much time and food building comb - there's just not that much wax at the bottom of a cell.
I am pretty frustrated. I know the bees will do their thing but I feel like if I don't so something soon this situation will become unmanageable. Thanks for your help.