I want to try out Walt's ideas, plus try to be much more observant when looking thru the hives this spring. As I understand it, the goal is to avoid a solid layer of honey above the brood nest during the spring build up. Since the bees are usually up in the top of 2 boxes in early spring, all I have to do is rotate the boxes, and I'll then place a shallow on top of them.
If I look at a frame from the top of the brood nest, and there is a layer of uncapped honey/nectar above the brood, that is ok, and does not count as a layer of honey, since they are using it to feed the larva. But what if there is a couple inch layer of capped honey? Will that stop the bees from expanding the brood up? If so, what do I do? I don't want to disrupt the brood pattern.