Ok let’s recount my first few weeks with my first bees:
-drilled the holes on my syrup feeder a bit too big, didn’t drown them, but made the whole hive fairly sticky. as well as my gloves. and the bottom board.
-went to do my first inspection last weekend. they’ve been in there a good 2 weeks and had great weather the week prior. Not yet into a big flow, but should start soon. I was pretty excited to do an inspection. It went terrible. Apart from I did see the queen and she looked fine and was on 1 of the 2 frames that the comb was fairly straight on that didn’t fall off when I lifted it up. So I took only the briefest of looks and left her between 2 larger combs.
No combs were to the bottom of the frame and some fell off when I lifted them out to inspect. Some combs broke apart when I lifted, because they were hooked to an adjacent fram. I think I must have lost 3/4 of the drawn comb. These are foundationless frames.
I felt (feel) pretty bad. Kinda set them back I would think.
Couldn’t google it while I was out there ( I was a sticky mess by then, that comb was so soft) so i just left the comb on top of the top board along with the rest of the syrup bag. wanted them to be able to reclaim what they had stored. Wasn’t sure if they would eat the wax and reuse? Googling has since told me no. Looks like I should just remove the wasted comb. Make a candle or something.
Now that I’m done feeding, I should remove the top box and wait until the brood box is almost full and then a 2nd brood (per my beekeeping neighbor). Should there be something between the top board and the roof? there is a potential space there… should I cover the hole? ventilation? Also should I lower the bottom board for more ventilation, or not until the weather starts to be …what?
Thanks for the info and also for anything to make me feel better about wrecking their hive…