Ok- I set up some new hives this spring- one a split and one a swarm. I did this using foundationless frames- interspersed with built out combs.
The bees built out the foundation-less combs very fast- and very nice- though I do have a few issues I saw at my last inspection. A few of the new frames are not completely straight- not cross comb- just bulging out a bit far- making them overly fat. In one instance there was a honeycomb full of honey connecting two frames.
To try and sort things out I re-arranged a few frames- putting wonky ones up against straight good ones - and also removing some bridge comb. I also put in some foundation combs between wonky ones to try and get everything back in order.
My question is: will bees straighten out wonky combs if they are helped to do so by moving them up close to straight combs? If there are small areas where the bee space between combs is too small for the bees to squeeze through - will they tear down combs and rebuild them straight?
Also- if you have a comb with a bulge in it- is it a good idea to take the hive tool and remove the bulge?
To be clear- the issues I have are relatively minor- I can still remove all combs and they are mostly pretty good. I am just wondering how much action I should take to correct the issues.
Yesterday I added a new brood box to my 5 frame nuc split hive- so now it has ten frames. This time I used two foundation frames with 3 foundationless starter strips. This way every foundationless frame is up against a wall- and/or alongside a foundation frame. I think this will work better that all foundationless.