About 3 weeks ago, I put a super on each of my first year hives. Kept checking weekly to see if they would draw them out, and about 1 week ago, I put an excluder on the hive that had about 1/3 of the comb on each frame drawn out (probably should've waited). This morning, I went to check on the hive that I did not add an excluder to, and it's still the same - as if they are ignoring the super.
So, I checked the other hive with the excluder, and found the same thing - no progress, so I removed the excluder. There seems to be plenty of pollen coming into the hive and I've seen lots of flowers in bloom nearby (goldenrod just started 1 week ago or so). In late July, before I added the supers, I thought for sure they would run out of space and swarm, since they were putting away lots of honey in the deeps, but I'm wondering - am I in a dearth? BTW, I checked the top deep in the hive without the excluder and found lots of capped brood, larvae, and eggs.
I can't put a frame with honey in it either super, since those frames are all deeps (the top deep), and I'm wondering what else to do besides a) be patient, b) use lemon grass oil, or c) start feeding, so they have enough for the winter.
When my wife and I had hives in the country 7 years ago, I don't remember needing to coerce or convince the bees.