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    My bees filled up their super so i added another on..i was told to take the new super and place it just above the bottom brood hive and place the full one on top..so i did..2 weeks later i checked it and the bees have the top one over flowing with honey and have even got comb and honey hanging out of the bottom of the full super but their not putting any honey in the new super..any ideas??thanks!!
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    You need to switch them, the empty super should be on the very top of the hive. Do it today, our honeyflow in the valley seems over due to dry weather, not sure about Pulaski.

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    WILL DO..THANKS!!!
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    ...i was told to take the new super and place it just above the bottom brood hive ...
    Does the new super only have frames of wax foundation? If so, you may need to bait it with a frame of uncapped honey or even a little brood.
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    actually it has some old comb in it..it wasnt used last year but the year before..i also notice it was really dusty from sitting in the guys barn i bought it from..will the bees cleans the dirt out?? or shold i try to?
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    You can put the empty on the bottom of the stack of supers or you can put it on the top. I haven't seen that much difference, but on the bottom is probably slightly better, but not worth the extra work.
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    You could try misting the dusty, drawn comb with a very light sugar & water mixture. I think that will work for you.
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    The bees will clean and polish it.
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    We had some rain, now I'm seeing lots of bees collecting clover. Anyone know when the TN valley honey flow is usually over, I was thinking roughly June 15th, but now I'm not sure. I finally have more time and the space to observe my bees better. Anyone know the usual time our flow is over?

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