Hello all! I have installed my first 5 frame NUC this year and am enjoying the heck out of it. Talking to the local master bee keeper that sold me the bees he suggested to wait till 8 out of 10 frames are drawn out, move them to the center of the hive box since they should be on the edge and then add my second hive box. I did just that last Monday but also moved two frames of bees up to the top hive box because I am mixing foundation-less frames into the mix and they are serving as a guide for strait comb. I held off as long as I could but went and checked on them today. I see some more comb drawn out on one of the two original empty frames with foundation but none of the foundation-less has any comb on it yet. Here is a pic of the hive. All this comb attaching to the sides and other frame. Should that be scraped off? Should I leave it alone and just pull the frames apart later? What do you think? If I don't have to rial up the bees I don't want to.
On the foundation-less frames, when do you think they will start building comb on them? I know I know. It is all locational, type of bees, so on and so forth with a hundred variables. But what are your experiences or best guess. I am feeding 1:1 sugar water in a small jam jar though a feeder at the hive entrance that they eat through in about 5-6 hours of daylight. The rest of the day they have non till I get to them the next day.