Re: Experiences with Brushy Mountain or similar Wintering Inner Cover
I made a few of those inner covers and I love them!! Although I havnt gone through a winter with them, they ventilate the hive very nicely during hot spells, ive seen bees fanning on the top bars pushing the heat out of the hive, and its amazing how much heat gets pushed out of the screened holes!! I also look through the screened holes to watch whats going on in the hive, usually watching the guard bees protecting the entrance and watching the cleaner bees scrubbing the top bars. Its also a good place to set a sandwhich baggie of sugar syrup to feed the bees! I made some for the 10 frame hives and just made two today for my nucs. I think they would be a useful place to put pollen patties as well. I think I will be topping all my hives with these since I like working with wood and they cost about $4 to make! It will be my winter project when the days are short and I am bored as heck!!
Coyote Creek Bees - Beekeeping for 3 years. Number of hives - 17
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