Re: Emptly Honey Super?
the bee's won't draw out the new foundation until they feel they need the space. When the brood boxes are full to their liking they will work on your honey super. I would leave the excluder in place, keep your queen in the bottom two, as for pulling the honey super I would say End of August to mid September. This gives them ample time to fill the extra space in the brood boxes created when the queen starts slowing down in preparation for winter. As for feeding, I prefer to put candy boards on, but I wait until February or March to do that, if you give them time your boxes should be around 75-80lbs each. That is what I shoot for in fall with my bees and I have a good success rate for getting my bees through winter.
Gentleman farmer/9 year Bee Keeper