I installed a new package in May (not my first) and the bees are healthy, productive, docile. However, they will not build straight comb. I am running 8 frame mediums, foundationless. My other hives are the same set up, no problems. This hive, every time I go in there's burr comb. They're building from the bottom up, from the sides, etc. They're in three boxes right now, first is brood, I have no idea what's in the second as all the frames are all built together- it is impossible to pull a frame. I went in every 4 days, cut out the burr, and they would rebuild it how they like, times 10. Not sure what to do now- run it like a Warre and let them do what they want? I was thinking of putting a shallow super on top and just harvesting the whole box rather than individual frames. Is it a queen problem? I am loathe to kill her as they are so productive, calm, and healthy. I tried giving them a guide frame with foundation, no go. All my frames have a starter wood piece to build from.
I was thinking of waiting until winter, hopefully getting them all in one box, and starting over with new boxes. help! Thanks.