Hive #1 is doing so great, it now has 8 frames fully drawn/populated in the first deep. When it got to be 7, I added another deep. The other deep was drawn and populated to 7 about 6 days ago. I added on a metal queen excluder, a medium super w/wax foundation, and a home made top entrance on top of that, then the inner cover and top cover of course.
Observing the hive this week, I saw zero bees going in and out of the top entrance, didn't concern me too much as plenty of activity on the bottom, I figured maybe I just had slow learners. Anyway, I just came back from hanging out at the apiary w/no real reason, just observing. Still nothing. I looked in as much as I could through the top entrance and saw no activity anywhere on the top of the medium super I put on. Curiosity got the best of me, and I lifted the top cover just to take a peek and see what's going on.
There were 2 bees on top of the queen excluder. Plenty hanging to the bottom of it and the 2nd deep I added had a full 10 frames of bees. There is not 1 single bee anywhere in my medium super.
Any idea as to what's going on? I'm about -> <- close to removing the queen excluder. My gut tells me they will populate that medium super pretty rapidly if it were gone.