Ok- so I have a five frame nucleus/swarm hive box that I have had a little colony building up in. It is now quite full- and starting to burst with bees. Instead of transferring it to a larger box- I am going to add another five frame box- either on top or below. I would just have added it on top- but I did that to another five frame nuc/split colony 3 weeks ago and the bees have been very slow to start working the new box upstairs. On the last inspection I ‘pyramided’ that hive to encourage it to move up.
I read about ‘nadiring’ and the warre hive methodology- and thought I might try adding the box below this time? Why not? The box I will add has two frames of wired foundation, and three foundation starter strip frames. I would be lifting the lower box off of the screened base and entrance, placing the new box in, and lifting the brood up. So suddenly they will have to climb down through the new box to reach the main entrance… (they have a smaller upper entrance built into the inner cover and this will move up a story. Will the bees have any serious issues having to climb down over the two foundations to get in and out?
Ultimately I want all ten frames in both boxes to be brood frames- to be transferred as a fully developed colony into a larger hive in a month or three.
Bees like to build downwards they say- so- given my set up- should I do it or not- interested in any pros or cons?