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  1. #1
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    Default Interesting Comb Construction

    Have a new hive from a swarm. Started with few frames of old comb which they quickly took to and started brood. The rest of the frames are either foundation with no comb or starter strips. One frame of foundation is really looking odd. They are randomly building comb all over one side of the foundation and building it out full, but it's not organized at all. It looks like a relief map of the rocky mountains but with several separate mountain ranges. Is this something I should be concerned about?

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    Default Re: Interesting Comb Construction

    Unless they flatten it out pronto, get it out of there. It will only get worse!

    Typically the bees draw out oval or heart shaped free comb or work an oval or circular part of the foundation near the center, expanding it as it fills with larvae or stores.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Interesting Comb Construction

    my swarm did that on one frame after I fixed some wonky cross comb, I moved it between 2 drawn frames and they are slowly evening it out.

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    Default Re: Interesting Comb Construction

    So if I have a couple of frames of brood, could I move those apart and place that weird frame in between them? Those brood frames are really getting full! The brood cells are all capped and it's well organized, but it's starting to get very close to the sides of the frame. It's almost like they don't think they have anywhere else to work. In fact, on the bottom of one of those frames, they are building some comb almost like they are building a queen cell, but it really doesn't look like one. I don't know why they don't seem to want to work on the other frames.

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    Default Re: Interesting Comb Construction

    If it's real bad it may just be best to cut it out completely, mine was just wavy were they started building in different spots instead of working across, it was on plastic foundation. If this is the case with yours, yes you should be able to drop it in between some frames of brood, but if any of it is a different direction than along the foundation, you will want to cut that out.

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