First year beekeeping, first year problem.
As spring approaches I'm wondering what my next step should be. End of last summer I created a problem by inserting spacers between the top bars too early which allowed the bees to build crooked comb and to join across combs, it's a real mess. They did this for 2-4 bars. Between these and the brood area there is roughly 3-4 straight bars.
How much honey is left is a mystery but here's my dilemma.
1) when it's warm enough do I open up the hive and try to clean up the mess, knowing that I will destroy 3-4 bars. This gives me the chance to inspect and see if the queen is laying and hive is doing ok, but may disrupt their spring build up. If I did do this I assume I would have to feed to supplement removing stores.
2) leave it alone, hope their ok and they can build straight comb after the mess, then clean up after the hive is stronger. I assume I don't have to feed in this case as it looks like they have plenty of stores, viewing from window.