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I know this is very basic. I searched and it seems there are many opinions. When using the inner cover, does the notch go in the front or the back? and up or down?

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Under normal circumstances, the notch is towards the front. My boards have "up" stamped on them and it advises that the bees have to go through the hole in the middle of the inner cover to get out the notch.

I do it both ways.
 

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Inner covers hold heat in, so I don't use them. I use migratory covers (build my own) with a hole drilled for a jar feeder in the center, and screening under that.
 

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My inner cover has no notch either.
Would it be "bad form" to just put some small wedges of shingle under the edge of the inner cover to lift up the outer cover to make an upper entrance?
 

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Would it be "bad form" to just put some small wedges of shingle under the edge of the inner cover to lift up the outer cover to make an upper entrance?
The forum had a good time last year bantering around Tecumseh's "patented" invention. He uses a round stick to raise the roof a bit so as to increase ventilation and produce an upper entrance. Since his invention is patented, I guess you would do best to take out your own patent for small wedges of shingle. :thumbsup:
What won't those ingenious beekeepers come up with next?
 

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gypsy said:
"Inner covers hold heat in, so I don't use them. I use migratory covers (build my own) with a hole drilled for a jar feeder in the center, and screening under that."

gypsy, sometimes holding heat in is a good thing, especially for us northerners. during the summer months i use a vent box on top my hives for better ventilation.

papa keith says:
"My inner cover has no notch either.
Would it be "bad form" to just put some small wedges of shingle under the edge of the inner cover to lift up the outer cover to make an upper entrance?
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pk, cut one out! or as ef said "I guess you would do best to take out your own patent for small wedges of shingle. What won't those ingenious beekeepers come up with next? "

bad form is only if it doesn't work :lol:
 
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