Hey all, I'm new here as well to keeping bees. I have a couple of questions. I have 2 hives. One is on its third year. Well populated but yet to produce honey in the supers. They havn't even drawn out comb. I'm using plasticell with a queen excluder between the two brood boxes and the honey supers. I have searched on here and I think I will try removing the queen excluder as mentioned in severl post. There is lots of brood and some honey in the brood boxes I just can't get them to draw out the supers, any suggestions. The biggest concern is hive number 2 is own its second year. I released the queen into the hive of new bees on May 19 of 09, I dusted them with medicated sugar power and feed them sugar water as well. They drew out the first box then the second one as well. I didn't get and honey from this hive as well. They didn't draw out the super either. I got them ready for the winter in November. I added a feeder for SW, put in apistan strips and put on a pollen patty. Everthing looked well. I removed the strips and put on a honey super on in feburary. Everthing was healthy. I checked it time to time and comb was not drawn in super. I checked it this past weekend and there were very few bees. Hive number one still has lots of bees but not drawn in the super. Later that day a neighbor told me she saw a swarm of bees earlier in the day. I thought my bees must have swarmed. That would explain the reduced number of bees in that hive. My curiosity got the better of me so I checked it today. Now I'm wandering if the bees I saw were robber bees from hive 1, The top brood box was empty of pollen, honey, and brood. I didn't go as deep as the first box. The queen that was in this box was marked and clipped. Did she die and the other bees leave, or did did they raise another queen and swarm. The bottom box had lots of bees that were not in a good mood. I did not check farther. At first i assumed they had swarmed. But if this were the case would the top box be bare. Some specifics are full bottom entrance only, clipped queen, excluder between brood boxes and supers, 2 brood boxes, lots of fruit trees blooming, first week of 80 degree weather.