Emptying uncapped supers
I did not have the late summer soybean flow I was anticipating. After harvesting in early July I put all of the supers back on. They filled about 1/2 of them enough for harvesting. I'd like to get them to clean out the uncapped supers and fill the deeps with honey and pollen for the upcoming winter.
I know I can simply pull the supers off and let the hives rob them out but end up with torn open comb, agitated hives, dead bees and supers exposed to raccons and other varmits if they don't empty them within one day. I tried putting them above an inner cover a couple of years ago and they did nothing. Is there a way I can get them to clean out their own supers? Do I need to put an empty hive body between the supers and the deeps with an inner cover just above?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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