Re: Top Bar Feeding
So, fyi - the follower board is a thing that bees can go under and/or around.
Originally Posted by Kevinf
There are no holes in the board; not typically.
The queen hardly ever will cross under/around the follower board into an empty space.
If she would, she'd just return back (similar to a queen sometimes exiting a hive and walking around the hive wall; just to return back in).
Now it is fall and queen will not go anywhere cold and empty.
Not a practical worry.
If you have any holes in that board, I would not worry either - see above.
Nor would I bother with #6 whatever; if too concerned - plug that hole with a chunk of paper towel.
Today being October 2nd, there is no practical worry of bees building anything behind the follower board.
Now is not the time to build anything (unless you are in Hawaii or Florida, who knows your location; but then - why feed?)
If you keep the board in that exact place into May/June 2020 AND they are strong and short on space - they most likely WILL build behind it.
Not a catastrophic issue; they will just use that space as honey space, most likely.
The less you worry, the better off you are.
Bees do not self-distract for nothing; no typically.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.