I've got two hives, on one I left an extra super on over the winter (no frames) so that I would have space to feed pollen patties (the other hive had plenty of pollen for some reason, even though the first one didn't)
To make a long story short, I left the empty super on the hive a bit late, and when I went this early spring to take it off, I didn't have the heart to cut out the nice little combs they were making on the bottom of my hive top feeder. Really, being a newer beek, I wanted to see what "wild/unguided comb" would look like.
Even though the hive with the empty super has had a week head start on my hive with a shallow super w/ foundation, they are totally outpacing the hive with frames in the supers; so much that they already need another super for fear they'll swarm!!
So I don't know what rhyme or reason to attribute this to, but the girls that had the empty space built and filled comb from scratch a lot faster than the other hive is taking to drawing out frames. Go figure. Same bees, same source, same age queens, same brood production give or take. Though I did get some brood in that empty super above two deeps.
Seems like they know how to run a hive better than I do
Oddly enough, even though the hive is two deeps with full frames, they elected to go at a 45 degree angle in the empty super. Sure is pretty and smells amazing.