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  1. #1
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    Default inner covers flat on one side

    I got some inter covers from a commercial beek. They are flat on one side and about 1/2" on top side. He told me to place flat side down. I have never seen any like this or could i find any info online. Seems to me the bees would seal them down. Anyone ever seen this type before?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: inter covers flat on one side

    "Anyone ever seen this type before?"

    I have not. I have 5/8" rabbets for the frame rests in my hives and need about 1/8" recess on the underside of the inner cover for bee space above the frames. For me, more space than that gets some burr comb and less tends to crush bees when replacing the cover.
    Beekeeping is "the poetry of agriculture." Baron von Ehrenfels.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: inter covers flat on one side

    yes I have, it works fine, they stick normal inner covers down just as much

  4. #4
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    Default Re: inter covers flat on one side

    Yes, most all mine are like this. The bees don't seal it down any worse than the one or two I have with a raised ledge on both sides.
    It is a little more prone to squishing bees though between the frame tops and inner cover if the bee space isn't exact.
    Last edited by Barry; Yesterday at 04:30 AM.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: inter covers flat on one side

    Bees seal everything down. The point of the inner cover is so that they will seal it down instead of the telescoping cover. Laying flat on top is fine. Migratory beeks use migratory covers which aren't much more than a flat piece of plywood and they seem to do ok.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: inter covers flat on one side

    where did you get them from? brushy mountain?

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    Default Re: inter covers flat on one side

    Flat side down in the summer, it'll keep the burr comb down. It should have a notch on the rim of the deep side, flip it over for winter for a condensation vent. If it doesn't have one I'd cut one in it, probably 3/4 wide down to the plywood deep.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: inter covers flat on one side

    Yes they have the vent notch. I assumed them would seal it down to the frame tops also. Sounds good then .. thanks for the info guys ..

  9. #9
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    Default Re: inner covers flat on one side

    Sounds pretty common actually. Flat side down during the warm season, recess down during cold season for clustering or patties. Otherwise during the flow they will fill the area with comb and it will make a huge mess.

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