Have a mess of comb due to some leveling/settling issues as well as this SUPER DEEP first comb because I violated bee space by leaving a candy board/frame in place once the bees had finished it out.
I know I have to get the comb sorted out and straight right away. Cut and clip and tie and sort. Got that. My question is what to do with this first bar. It's VERY deep. I am sure they have a lot invested in it in terms of stores and brood. It's virgin comb since I am foundationless and these are new hives. So, what would you all suggest I do with that first comb? Can I leave it in slot number 1 up against the front of the hive for a while and deal with it after they have built their numbers up? It's actually pretty straight...just very thick. I can always take it away later once they've built up a bit. I hate to move it to the back of the hive because it's still cold here at night and I think they will try to heat the brood and that will break the cluster up.
Would it be out of the question to leave it in slot one, up against the front of the hive and let them build straight out from there and remove it later after they've had some time to build up their numbers and get the queens going?
Thanks in advance.