Well today is day 9, and the weather finally warmed back up since I first hived the gals.
Hive one decided to cross comb everything at a 45. The queen was still stuck in her cage, they combed her in. She had hardly any candy holding her in, just enough from keeping her from getting out I guess before they built comb all around her cage. I picked it clean and stuck her back in in my queen ring for release. So much for guide strips and partial bars on the ends. Actually what I think happened, they followed the angle of the queen cage. I made a 'queen ring' to slide the cage in betweend the upper two boxes. Its a good idea, but our temps dropped and ended up in the teens the last couple of days. I'm glad I checked (before the temps dropped too much) as they completely left the queens high and dry minus a couple of attendants. I hung both cages (the plastic types), with some fishing line off the tab. They were both hung in the middle of the cluster. The 2nd hives cage was running parralell with the bars....I dont know of it was a koinky dink, but I thought I'd mention it.
Hive 2 had the queen released and they decided to follow the comb guides. They're filling things out nicely so far.
Should I mess with the cross comb or just let it go? I do have bars with about half a frame down each side and a shortguide strip. I know the decision is mine, but having 0 experience with langs/warre's I'd like to hear the skinny. I may steal a straight bar later on from the better hive before the crooked hive moves down a box so they have something straight as a reference. I think next go I'll use some wax starter strips made from stir sticks off my guide strips to help them build straight. with my top bars fixing cross comb wasnt hard at all. I'd assume it would be the same on the warres and I should get too it before it gets ugly? I'd have to remove the hole upper box to fix it so I'm thinking it would be best to let them be?