Just chasing some feed back on a situation. I picked up a hive from a broken tree limb on a neighbours place and I have taken as much of the comb as I could and a large amount of bees and transferred them into a full sized box (I have no small boxes on hand atm). I am just feeding them sugar syrup for the short term.
To help the bees manage the space and heat better (its cold and rainy here atm) as they don’t take up the full box atm I was wondering if I could fill the gaps with thick sheets of styrofoam / insulation material I have on hand. I have cut them to size and they are about the same width as normal frame. Basically I want to reduce the internal space in the hive.
My main question is will it make the bees sick at all? They are plastic products but not food grade. I also put some duct tape on the edges to stop them falling apart but that does smell a bit.
Any advice welcome at this point before I put them in.