Re: Where is the honey
I had similar experience this year. Put on supers, then after 2 weeks, smoked the supers heavy and placed new metal excluders in. Went back after a week and made sure that open larvae and eggs were only in brood boxes.
Then, in between rain periods I'd check, and if they were drawing the foundation frame I put in the center of my boxes, I'd add a super.
Went to pull first honey early July, and had 3 yards (50 hives total) that the 30% of the queens were MIA with no evidence of queen cells or brood, and 30% laying above the excluder. No top entrances. I finally decided that in the rainy periods, the brood nest needed to rise into the honey. Queens tried hard to squeeze through. Some made it, others got stuck and gave off enough pheromone to prevent raising another queen.
Just a blind guess, as I was lost. Never seen this in my few years. Either way, I ended up with several hives with 4-5 supers, only one of which actually had honey to take, and brood chambers stuffed with mostly pollen.
Hindsight is 20/10, not 20/20...
After the fact, I always know what didn't work.