Ok well they are not ready for a super yet and I probably will ditch the excluder at least for this season. I moved the bottom brood box into a new box. I wasn't very impressed with there work yet. I think maybe I shouldn't even have a second brood box on yet as they havn't drawn all that much out on the first. There were four or five frames with some new capped brood.
Bees will only draw comb under their feet, so unless there is enough bees to expand onto ajoining frames they will stop building comb and wait until enough brood hatches to force them onto another frame at which time they'll draw comb on that frame. Etc, etc, and so on.
I did find two or three frames total that were very heavy and were full of honey or nectar or syrup or something. These were not capped.
Uncapped stores means unripe stores, those are the cells from which the hive will consume daily nourishment and continue to cure into honey.
When I put the second brood box on I had taken two frames covered in bees and put in there in the beginning. They are still in the second brood box with capped brood so i think that is ok. The brood box that I originaly had put the bees in had drawn comb in it.
It is best to leacve the brood chamber in tact and let the bees increase it size at their own pace. Those frames of uncapped stores would have worker better for baiting the super as it wouldn't have forced the bees to reconfigure their cluster area into a form that might expose some to chill (die off).
They are all working those frames and that is where the capped brood is. Not that I looked all that hard but I didn't see any drone cells, or queen cells. I did see two bees that stood out. not that much bigger if any but they had bright orange rings around there rear legs? I am going to post this info on a new topic or thread too to see what others think.
Not seeing queen cells means they are not yet in a swarm mode so the supering was done in time if not a bit early which is better than too late. It also means they are satisified with they queen they have.
Why start a new topic or thread, are your afraid your questions won't get answered on this one?