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    When I put the inter cover on my hive there is only about 1/8 inch between the bottom of the cover and the topbars, is that right? I am trying to feed a new package and they don't seem to be taking much. When I feed through the entrance they are emptying it quickly. Is that not enough space for them to move around?

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    Default Re: inter cover

    how are you feeding them ?

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    Default Re: inter cover

    I believe you are referring to an "inner cover". The bees need a minimum of 1/4" and a maximum of 3/8" (bee space) to move around freely.
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    Default Re: inter cover

    Thank you for the information and also the spelling correction, I had a brain freeze.

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    >I had a brain freeze.

    You are not the first to call it an "inter cover" but I admit I never figured out where that and other common misspellings come from such as "Langstrom". Where does that come from? Or "honey cone"? Anyway, you have company...
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    Default Re: inter cover

    Dang it. Now Langstrom is stuck in my head and I bet I write it like that before I can get rid of it

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    The elongated vent is sized for a bee escape. If it falls directly over a top bar, as in 9 frames, and only has 1/8 clearance, your hive parts are incompatible. With time, they will close the opening completely with propolis. If you don't intend to use a bee escape, it's easy to enlarge the opening in the inner cover.

    Walt

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    Wcubed, what I did was shim the inner cover 1/4 inch to give them 3/8 inch to move across the topbars. I hope that was alright. Why do they make the inner covers with one flat side and I thought that side goes down giving them no room to travel across the topbars.. If I flip it it gives them alittle to much room. It just concerned me that they weren't able to get to the jar feeders t the top since they are draining the entrance feeder. I really need to get rid of the entrance feeder. Let me knoe what you think. Thanks

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    Default Re: inter cover

    If your shim is continuous around the perimeter and the top of hive is bee-tight you are ok. You really don't want to provide access for robbers to your feeder area.
    Walt

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    A properly built inner cover will be deeper on one side than the other, however I noticed that some are being sold that are the same both sides, I do not like those.
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