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I am new to beekeeping. Installed two packages about 3 weeks ago. The workers are drawing comb out nicely on the foundation I provided, however, they seem to be ignoring three of the outside frames on one side of the deep they are in. This is the same in both hives. Both queens are doing a good job laying....there is a bunch of capped and uncapped brood in a nice pattern on the center frames. I am feeding them 1:1 directly on the top of the frames from a upside down jar in an empty deep....all covered with an inner cover then telescoping cover. Today I took a peek and they are starting to build comb straight up from the frames with the brood....which I scraped off. Does this mean they need another deep full of foundation? If so, should I still continue to feed 1:1? Or should I move some of the undrawn frames closer to the middle of the deep and some of the drawn to the outside? I'm not sure what my next move should be. Any suggestions?
 

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easy there turbo!!!!!

haha-- sounds like you are off to a good start, the wax you see on the top is normal - they will do that just cuz they can - but you want to wait until they have 7-9 frames drawn out and to do this you can (after they have 5-6) swap the outside most frames that are drawn with the undrawn frames - this will help you get them all drawn out

if you put on the second box too early they will move up and not fill up the boxes -
dont put on a second box and move frames up just yet - you want to wait until you have a population that can cover the frames - if you put bood up and have brood down also they might not cover it and they will be chilled

just keep feeding and rotating frames - but watch that they dont become honey bound - if it looks like they have more honey capped then there is open cells - they its time to move things around and up with a second box - otherwise they will swarm with a small population and both swarm and parent hive might not make it

hope this helps
 

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All is good. I do the same thing with an empty and the bees are inclined to build comb up off the top bars like you say. Try a piece of canvas with a hole or slot for your feeder jar. They won't really need a second story until about 5 weeks after installation. Population won't grow until then.
 
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