I opened the hive yesterday to check out progress on the starter strips. One week ago, the bees had just started on the edges - they seemed to be cementing the strip in and anchoring it to the sides. No new comb.
Now after one week, their progress is amazing!
Okay, you guys were probably right about not leaving the wires in and it may be a hassle come harvest time. However they have incorporated them perfectly in the middle. I still hope to be able to run a heated knife underneath the top wire and any anchor points around the edges, then run a current through the wires, allowing the whole comb to drop neatly into a tray (yeah right!)
Out of seven frames done this way, they are yet to make much of a start on only two of them. Perhaps I should shuffle them around a bit.
And the obligatory first ever full frame of capped honey - this one was done on a frame with foundation, so I'll have to do the crush and strain on this one. Pity...
By the way, I hope people don't mind me posting so many pics. If they are annoying or too large, please let me know and I will desist in future.