Top Feeder w/Inner Cover?

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  1. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild New Member

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    I purchased top feeders for both of my hives, should I still use an inner cover or does the top feeder take the place of it?

    I know these questions may sound elementary but I am trying to make sure I have all my bases covered prior to the arrival of my bee's.
     
  2. jajtiii

    jajtiii New Member

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    I do not use the inner cover with my top feeders.
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Top feeder, or inner cover, not both.
     
  4. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    Don't worry about "elementary" questions. I, for one, did not know this, either, and I'm glad you asked!
     
  5. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    I make my top feeders and don't use a inner cover. Just make sure there is a 3/8 in. bee space between the hive and top feeder for bee space. ( i've never seen a store bought top feeder) I also use migratory lids with my top feeders. Jack
     
  6. ski

    ski New Member

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    Hog Wild,
    I also do not use an inner cover under the feeder but I do use a screened cover over the feeder. It keeps the bees and other insects out of the syrup if your Telescoping cover is warped a bit. It works for me.

    http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w45/ ... ers002.jpg