Inner cover question

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  1. rw02kr43

    rw02kr43 New Member

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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?

    thanks
    Jason
     
  2. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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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.
     

  3. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    my inner cover notch goes down in the front, and i also notch my inner covers out wider.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    My inner covers don't have notches.
     
  5. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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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.
     
  6. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    I do the same.
     
  7. Papakeith

    Papakeith New Member

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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?
     
  8. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    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?
     
  9. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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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:
     
  10. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Front and down. :grin: