Hello, and if you're reading this, then thank you for taking the time to welcome me to this beekeeping community.
Let me introduce myself:
I am a new beekeeper; I live in an intentional community in southern Missouri in the Ozarks. We have 1,000 acres of beautiful untouched forested land with about 50 acres covered with organic vegetable and herbal gardens, as well as a moderate orchard of various fruit trees. We are pretty isolated... compared to a lot of places... from GMO farming and pesticides.
This fact is probably the primary reason for me wanting to keep bees.
I had a mentor-of-sorts in regards to keeping bees, though in retrospect I feel that I learned more about what not to do, rather than what to do. He is gone now, and I haven't lost my drive for this activity. I have mostly been learning by reading books... my favorite being The Barefoot Beekeeper by P.J. Chandler... and by using my intuition influenced by what I know.
I currently have 2 hives going... one top-bar that I started last year, and one box hive that I started just this spring. Despite a warm winter with active bees and little foraging, I feel that both hives are healthy and doing well....
...Except for one thing, which is what incited me to seek out this forum.
Just last week I checked on the top-bar. I wanted to look at how many brood combs they have right now, and perhaps give them another bar. I carefully cut and separated one of the brood combs apart so I could lift it and view it, but I didn't do a good enough job and the comb fell off of the bar. As it was brood I didn't want to remove it from the hive, so I put it in the bottom of the hive.
Now I see that it was a mistake, for just a week later they have built a hideous mass of comb off of that one. It is overwhelming.
As of this moment, I am not sure what I should do in this situation. I know I must remove the mass of comb from the bottom of the hive, but I don't know what I should do with the brood comb that is in there.
Do you have any advice?
If I am missing a key piece of information or detail just let me know.
Remember, I am new at this.
It might be relevant to also mention that the weather around here lately has been around 100 degrees Fahrenheit and very dry.