To answer the original question, the bees will build comb VERY fast the first few days until the comb just peeks out of edges of the cluster. The bees stop building at this point because the cluster can't support more comb that this initially and they don't need it either. The queen will lay up the core of this initial nest, the bee population will drop a little, then when the new bees start to emerge and the cluster grows, so shall the size of the nest grow with it. When the bees start wash boarding, they will start building honey stores.
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