I've been reading the previous posts regarding cross comb, but I'm still not really sure what to do. I'm brand new and started this from a swarm, so I'm totally relying on reading blogs, watching videos and asking you experts!!! I have a unique situation where I moved my hive after about 5-6 bars of brood was built. Both at the original location and at the new location, I verified that my hive was level, but I still have cross comb. I'm moving the bees again 2 weeks....so if, how and when should I tackle this problem.
After getting settled at the second location 4 weeks ago, they build several more combs for brood. I found some cross comb and double comb about 2 weeks ago. I tried to save it and reattach it, but it was so heavy and breaking, so I threw it away. When I closed it up 10 days ago, I thought everything was clean. Now, they have been building honey comb at an alarming rate, and when I went to check on them this weekend, I found a ton of crossed comb. I only made it to the third bar of cross comb when something happened. I have never smoked my bees and don't wear a suit--just gloves. I've never been stung or had a problem. I was trying to free the cross section from the next bar and the bees freaked out. I got my first sting and they were so angry that it took me 30 minutes just to close the hive afterwards.
Here's my questions:
1 - Does it really matter that I have cross honey comb? Can't I just pull out the multiple bars when I harvest in the spring?
2 - If it's crucial that I fix this, is there any way to do it without smoking them? I thought they would have been more protective of the brood, but it seems like they are way more protective of the honey. Is that normal?
3 - If I have to fix it and I have to smoke them, what's the best smoking method?
Thank you in advance!
Janelle in Colorado