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Ok, from what i read, you did a Direct Release of your queen into the hive. This alone will take away the need to crack the hive at the 3 day mark to remove the cage. However, if you are going foundationless as stated, you MUST feed your bees 1:1 syrup to give them something to draw wax with. Second, you have to be ready to fix the combs. Bees don't always draw comb the way you want it, nor where you want it. So one of the first things you will want to do is wait about 3 days and check to make sure they are pulling the wax where they should, if not FIX IT fast. From there you will have to make sure to fix any messed up comb ASAP. Now one of the things you need to know for sure is this. Make sure your hive is LEVEL from side to side as you are looking at it from the back. This will ensure they draw the wax straight DOWN inside the frames when the comb is in line. Your hive can be out of level from front to back, front usually ends up being an inch lower for most people as condensation in winter will kill your bees if it is dropping down the middle, so most beeks fix the hives to be lower on the front to encourage the condensation to come down the front wall and drip on outside. Hope this helps. If not, look up Michael Bush and go to his website. Power house of knowledge..
 
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