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Bees building comb under frames.

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Due to a bad design choice/oversight, there is a 1-1.5" "space" between the frames and the screened bottom board. Seems my new bees are building crosscomb in this space, across the bottoms of the frames.

To fix, I'd have to remove the deep super, and make a quick modification to the bottom board, and then scrape all of the crosscomb off (which probably contains brood).

Or, I can leave it in place and deal with it later.

Advice?
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The one place you can get away with a bee space violation is the gap between the bottom board and the bottoms of the frames.

I'd like to leave it, but it's preventing me from doing a hive inspection, as pulling the frames will rip this cross-comb apart.

That won't prevent you from doing an inspection.

I'm not sure which is the lesser of evils: Destroying this comb, or forgoing inspection.

That should be a no-brainer. Inspection is far more important than tearing up a small amount of excess comb.
 
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