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I'am guessing the colony you have already has built combs. I would leve them as they are and let them build up and put up some honey so they can make it through the winter months.

Then in the spring before they swarm take out 3-4 lbs of bees and get you a laying queen to put with them. This is what I call shook swarm. And put this in your top bar hive

When bees are in a good nectar flow they will be adding white wax to the already built older wax, you will start noticing whitening wax on the combs or if you were to take out a frame with built comb turn it sideways and lightly shake it the nectar will come out.
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