Flip inner covers for winter

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Flip inner covers for winter

Postby COAL REAPER » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:45 am

Why does conventional wisdom dictate to flip the inner covers for winter? Why cant they be left as is? The only thing i can think of is to give space for patties. Anybody got something better?
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Re: Flip inner covers for winter

Postby Solomon » Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:18 pm

There's also flipping the bottoms as well, which has actually developed backwards from original intent. Originally, the deeper side of the bottom was used in winter with an entrance reducer to allow more space for dead bees. Now, the shallower side is often used (or not at all) in winter to provide a smaller entrance.

As far as inner covers, I ain't got none. :shock:
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Re: Flip inner covers for winter

Postby Michael Bush » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:25 pm

They do not need to be flipped unless you have some reason you need more room (such as pollen patties). I don't have any inner covers in use anymore...
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Re: Flip inner covers for winter

Postby COAL REAPER » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:52 am

solomon,
are you top entrance only as well?

i tried the top entrance thing and didnt care for it when came time to doing inspections.
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Re: Flip inner covers for winter

Postby Solomon » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:15 pm

No, I am primarily bottom entrance now, with many 12+ year old boxes with rotted corners. So I functionally have lots of upper entrances. But I really only provide bottom entrances right now.
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Re: Flip inner covers for winter

Postby EkiPoPo » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:12 am

Don't use inner covers and don't flip bottoms


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