Hey fellow beekeepers,
My inner cover has its normal hole in the center but does not have a notch in the side for the bees to exit. Do I need one? :scratch:
Why?...because that's how *I* do it little Peter. The answers to your questions are in my original post...go back and read it. BTW, I know what a porter escape is. The holes in my inner covers came with oblong holes...oblong has parallel sides, oval doesn't...google it. I detect an odd condescending attitude in your questioning...thus, my response."I have #8 mesh screen stapled over the holes in my inner covers and have cut another 70mm hole to go with the original oblong one. "
Why? the oblong vent is there for the specific purpose, maybe rarely used for it, of taking a bee esacape for clearing the honey supers. Even if you don't use it for the original purpose why would you make another hole for a feeder when your method of feeding with an inverted mason jar works fine on the original oblong, think really oval, hole and why would you screen them? as it/they provide through ventilation and also a secondary entrance.
I guess you're probably not used to communicating with people from over the pond, our English sometimes comes over differently.I detect an odd condescending attitude in your questioning...thus, my response.