I'm a novice beekeeper going through my third year with two hives.
The hives are strong, and I've collected honey from both. However, I added a third large super with frames and foundation to my oldest (two year old) hive in late June hoping to get the bees to draw the frames out and start storing more honey. I checked again this afternoon, and they have essentially done nothing with the frames.
There is a queen excluder between the super and the lower hive body supers. Those are full with honey, pollen and eggs. There are bees crawling around in the top super, but other than closing gaps and mucking up with propolis the girls don't seem inclined to do anymore work there.
Should I swap frames from below with the super on top? Remove the excluder? Pull the super and call it a season?
I'm concerned about the empty space and pests becoming a problem and pretty much at a loss as to why they are disinterested...