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    Default Hive Setup

    Trying baggy feeders this year for the first time. Will have this setup: brood box, inner cover, shallow super with baggy, then outer cover. Do I need or should I put an inner cover on top of the shallow super as well to provide a top entrance? This setup will be for new packages of bees. Thanks all!

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    Default Re: Hive Setup

    I have used baggies in the past but don't anymore and I always put them directly on top of the brood chamber frames. So no inner cover there. Put the inner cover in the proper space between the super and the outer cover.

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    Default Re: Hive Setup

    Your super over the inner cover will be a great way to draw natural comb without frames. It is not legal in most states but I will not tell.
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    Default Re: Hive Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    It is not legal in most states but I will not tell.
    Are you serious?

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    He is. In most (all?) states it is illegal to have comb that you cannot remove from the hive and inspect.

    My mentor uses baggie feeders. He places the baggie directly on top of the frames. He places a short rim on top of the brood box where the baggie is sitting, then his inner and outer cover on top of that. The rim is simply a box about 2" tall that allows room for the baggie to fit between the frames and covers. They are simple to make. Below is a picture of an old one for a 5-frame nuc (the scabbed piece of wood on the inside of it is simply a repair...disregard that). It has rabbet joints but it could easily be made with simple butt joints. Ed

    PS...he's serious about not tellin', too!

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    Jeez! I sure dont' want to go to jail for a beekeeping mistake! Yikes!

    Intheswamp I will make some of those this afternoon. Think I will take a shallow super and slice it up on the table saw. Have some that are just glued together so no chance of hitting a nail. Should be easy enough to do setting up fence at appropriate width.

    Keeps extra space to a minimum so less space for bees to heat up. That was my original thought on placement of inner cover. However, that is illegal.

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    Nah, I don't think you'll go to jail...just 1000 hours of community service at the leper colony.<grin>

    I wouldn't cut up the shallow super...might want to try comb honey or something with it later on and it's already got the rabbets cut into it ready to go. A length of 1x4 pine would should make 2 or 3 deep rims...rip the 1x4 down the middle and you have the makings of several rims. Don't worry about the rabbeted joint...just nail and glue butt joints.

    Remember on the baggie feeders to put your slices around the center of the baggie area...if you get them over towards the edges they'll leak. I saw a tip where you cut two of the slices parallel to each other a couple of inches apart....if you need to move the baggie while it's got syrup in it you can slide a pencil through the slots and lift the baggie in the center....take care, though, you'll need to work the baggie loose from the frames because it *will* stick to the top of the frames. Also, I've seen warnings about bargain-brand baggies leaking...buyer beware!

    The bees really don't heat the space, the important heat is within, and a layer around, the cluster.

    Best wishes,
    Ed

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    Great suggestion Ed. Thanks for the advice.

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