Summary: 11 days after hiving my Nuc, I have seen zero building of new comb. (technically, there has been some bridge comb built, but very little).
Day 1: I hived my nuc the same day I picked it up. The nuc came with 5 frames. 3 frames were completely combed out, one side of each of the 4th and 5th frame were filled with comb but the other side on both the 4th and 5th had nothing but the plastic foundation showing. At that time, only 1 frame was loaded down with bees, the rest of the frames with comb on them had bees, but not just covered in bees. I added 3 more empty starter strip frames to fill out my 8 frame box. I installed a top feeder and started giving them sugar water 1:1 ratio via weight.
Day 3: Per the Apiaries instructions I inspected the hive to look for eggs. I found eggs and larve. The frames seemed pretty much the same when comparing them to day 1. I couldn’t see the eggs on my first inspection because the foundation used is pretty much the exact same color as the eggs (yellow). I probably had the hive open for too long as I kept looking very closely on each frame. I came back 30 minute later with a high powered flash light and found eggs right away.
Day 6: Replaced empty quart jars of sugar water with new ones. I had to scrape away some comb the bees built in the gap created between top bar of the middle frame through the feeder hole to the bottom of the quart jar.
Day 11: Did my first weekly inspection. Every frame that had comb was covered with bees! Lots of larve was present. At this point, the bees had consumed 3/4 gallon of sugar water. The inspection went well, I was in and out quickly. Zero comb had been added to the outer plastic foundations of frames 4 and 5 and no comb had been built on the starter strips of the 3 frames I added to fill out the 8 frame brood box. There was about 4 square inches of comb built on the top bars of 2 frames that I removed and a little brace comb too.
Is my hive going to swarm because they are going to run out of space?
Should I stop feeding them sugar water?
Do my hate the plastic foundation?
How long should I let this go on before I do something different?
Is this normal?