I put my first Honey Super on today. All of the brood chambers (3 meds) were packed with brood, & honey in a nice pattern. Two frames in the top chamber were solid honey, drawn out very deep, except one had a very small area of brood.
I fed empty foundation into the lower and middle chamber because they were packed so solid and there did not seem to be much room for the queen to lay. As I have read on this forum, I put two honey frames into the honey super to "bait the bees up".
A small area of brood on one of the honey frames was all sealed brood, no empty cells. As I have also read and been advised by many, I did not use a queen excluder. I am confused. Will the queen move up and lay when the comb is drawn? Should I move the frame with the brood back down? Or should i just add the excluder in a day or so after the bees move up? The queen is marked in this hive so I will not add an excluder until I am positive she is below it. If possible, I'd rather not add the excluder at all.
Also, a few weeks ago I put two empty plastic frames (superframes from Brushy Mt)for brood mixed in with all of the small cell wax, all of which they have drawn out nicely. For the Honey Supers, I have used all of my plastic foundation. They are slightly larger cells and I figured they would be ok for honey. Please advise...Thanks