I have one colony made up of 2 hive bodies and one shallow super. I had to start from scratch because mites wiped me out last winter.
The two hive bodies built out well. One was using some plastic frames a guy gave me and the other is the more convential kind.
I have not seen my queen in the last 3 times looking for her. I didn't tear apart both hive bodies this last time...just the one on top w/ the conventional foundation frames. I think I'm seeing eggs and the frames look very well built out...also lots of bees.
I have had the super on for months and not one bit of build out going on. I do have 9 frames...maybe needs 10???