I am new to beekeeping, so the help I have received from this forum is GREATLY appreciated!
I lost my first 3 hives my first winter because they were not fed properly. So this year, I am taking extra precaution to ensure the survival of my current 3 hives.
I purchased 3 of the 10-Frame Wintering Inner Covers (with insulation) from Brushy Mountain:
Anyone out there use these with success? They allow you the option of candy AND syrup jar feeding.
My real question is... knowing that I will be filling the inner part of the inner cover with candy, should I use something to coat/seal/protect just that part to prevent rot/deterioration over time? I have read that inner covers should not be painted or sealed; however, this inner cover is different in that it is designed to turn upside down in the winter and function as a candy feeder. Any suggestions are appreciated!
Thanks so much!