I have three top bar hives (first year). In the third one, the colony has had difficulty from the get go. The package arrived with a damaged queen cage and she was either gone or killed. I re-queened - and she was a poor layer. I re-queened again last week. In all this time, the bees have seemed indifferent - only a few trying to go about their business, the rest just hanging around. With the new queen they seem to be picking up a bit. But the question is - the bottom of the hive is covered in wax flakes. Why would this be? They are drawing comb (albeit very slowly-might be 6 combs). But the flakes cover almost the length of the hive.