I have recently built several observation hives. Currently I have one set up with the inner cover on top of the five frame nuc (it has a notched upper entrance- and a large hole in the center foe feeding,etc) and the single frame observation box on top of that. Inside this 6 frame hive there is a one week old swarm. They have already cleaned up some sticky frames I gave them- and built new comb onto them. There are bees in the upper observation box- but they haven’t started building there yet. I don’t expect them to until they have finished down below- but I am just wondering if the inner cover will somehow dissuade them from building upstairs?
I have seen where people say that bees consider things above the inner cover to be ‘outside the hive’ but I am assuming this is only the case for bees who are habituated to having no access upstairs? So when you suddenly uncover the access hole they consider this new space to be ‘non hive’ space? My swarm has been free to go up whenever they like. I am really hoping once they draw out the comb in the upper single frame box- that the queen goes up there and lays eggs.
here are a few pictures of the hive- perhaps it will make it easier to understand what I am on about: