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  1. #1
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    Default Migratory covers

    I want to go to Migratory covers.What type of plywood should I use?

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    I have had great success so far with Advantec subflooring material in 3/4". Cheap, perfectly flat every time, cuts like butter and you don't need to paint it.
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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    Thanks ,do you paint the top

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    I use 3/4" plywood with a great resulting product. I paint them; they last a while longer.

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Lowery View Post
    Thanks ,do you paint the top
    Nope, so far they seem fine without paint. I did paint a few of the nuc tops that I made just to make them look nice but don't think it needs it. Others claim to have used this stuff for years without any sign of water damage. So far so good for me.

    I am going to start making bottom boards out of it soon.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    I use 3/4" plywood with a great resulting product. I paint them; they last a while longer.
    Same here.
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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    I am getting away from them. to hard to control air flow summer or winter. Just me, but in southern IL I am getting rid of all of them. I had about 50 of the cypress covers from rossmans. going back to inner covers and teloscoping.

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    It is chip board will it hold up? $27 a sheet at lowes

    They also have int/ext plywood for $30 a sheet.

    Would plywood work better?

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    DON'T use chipboard. Get the plywood! Plywood will last about 46 times longer.

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    Like above, I like Rossman's cypress wooden ware, but the panels in my one migratory top expanded and contracted with rain & humidity creating gaps that leaked. I just covered it with 20" aluminum flashing at about ten bucks for a 10 ft roll. I also made one from scrap plywood, 3/4 or 5/8 and covered that with aluminum. The plywood shouldn't warp and the aluminum should keep rain out. We'll see how it goes. Otherwise I have telescoping with aluminum and galvanized tops and inner covers. One's made with a Masonite panel and looks fine for the long haul.

    I did have a telescoping top without metal cover, but that suffered the same as the above migratory and we enjoyed it in a campfire.

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    Mine are 3/8 cdx plywood I get ten out of a sheet and with some strips of one by demension lumber to give room for a pollen patty and to keep them from warping, They are cheap and I build in an entrance. PM me for picture if you want I am not smart enough to post one.

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    Default Re: Migratory covers

    Thanks for all the info.I've got 2 hives I got last year and want to try migratory covers with a top entrance so Thanks again.

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