Hi. Brand new bee keeper here from Sydney (hills district). 2 weeks ago I installed a bee package in a 10 frame (foundation) brood box. 3 days later I checked to make sure the queen had been released - and it had. In my haste to make my first inspection a quick one I left the queen cage between the frames and closed up the hive. Today (2 weeks on) i did another inspection to find my bees were doing great and had started drawing out 2 frames with lots of activity at the entrance.
I then removed the queen cage but realised that the cage pushed between the frames had created an extra 5 -8mm gap between the frames and the comb they have drawn out has filled that gap. I didnt want to push the frames together in case I trapped bees or injured the queen.
Are there any helpful suggestions for what I should do from here? Am I now stuck with a frame that is extra thick now for some time to come? is there anything i could or should do now or maybe when they are better established to reduce the comb thickness and recover my frame spacing?