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I will be making a bunch of migratory tops this year. I run both 8 frame and 10 frame boxes. Is there any reason to not use a 10 frame size cover on an 8 frame box? Yes, it will hang over the sides but that should not be a problem as far as I can see. None of the hives will be moved or put on pallets. If I can make only 1 size fits all, it will be a whole lot easier. Any reason not to?
 

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For decades I ran 10 and twelve frame boxes and only in the last eight years made some 8's. I ran both western covers and telescoping covers. A long, wet windy winter that ended a four year drought left many nucs and hives sopping wet and even flooded inside. Luckily I came across a lot telescoping covers and inner coves and converted most hives to those. And made sure they were all slanted to the entrance. I think every effort to keep hives waterproof is a good idea. For the remaining migratory covers I found a great deal on used 18" X 24" cookie sheets.
 

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t'll work but put some weight on top so that a strong wind won't catch the overhang and flip the top off.
 

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I think every effort to keep hives waterproof is a good idea.
I have bunch of large corrugated plastic election signs from the election a couple of years ago. I will be using them on the top to keep the water out. I have a few wooden covers I use now and with the rainy weather we have every winter, a single year does a lot of damage to them, even when painted. The plastic signs do a nice job of giving a little more protection.
 

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I agree with watching for the wind. I have had wind all most remove some of my lose fitting telescoping tops and my bees glue them pretty good most times.
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I agree with watching for the wind. I have had wind all most remove some of my lose fitting telescoping tops and my bees glue them pretty good most times.
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gww
As all have stated, the 10 frame size will work quiet well, and the bees don't mind at all. Just put a block on top, and it will be there till you remove it. Good luck, rich
 
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