New KTBH, first inspection of package. Lovely comb! Fragile! 85 degrees in full sun, one of the largest combs -- with brood -- broke off at the top next to the bar. No problem, I thought, I'll just tie it back on. No way! In a matter of moments it was mush, each time I touched it it crushed more. Brushed all the bees off, checked carefully that the queen was not there, put the bar back in place -- it still had a row of cells along the wedge. After I took it in the house and examined it with a magnifying glass I put it on the floor at the back of the hive.
I know I've set them back with this comb break and I'm thinking I should leave everything alone until the comb cures more, except to open it up and gently sever comb attached to the side. I'm now thinking I should wait for centermost brood comb to stiffen (how long?) and instead of lifting each bar out from back to front (I have a stand that holds 3 bars) maybe just slide the bars apart and pull 1 or 2 of the centermost combs for a quick inspection?
Any experiences/suggestions along these lines?