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Offline twb

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Using a grain bag as an inner cover
« on: April 20, 2009, 07:21:55 PM »
For some of you who use grain bags as inner covers, do you cut a hole in the center for ventilation and for the bees to exit for an optional upper escape?
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Re: Using a grain bag as an inner cover
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 08:25:19 PM »
No need for a hole.  They breath a little and that's the point.
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Re: Using a grain bag as an inner cover
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 06:42:30 AM »
Would someone mind explaining the use of a grain bag for an inner cover? What type of bag? Burlap or paper? I have a lot of chicken feed bags but they are paper. Do you just cut them to size? Want they eat the paper?

I don't use inner covers due to cost, but making one out of a grain bag seems like a great idea!

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Re: Using a grain bag as an inner cover
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2009, 01:16:03 PM »
Would someone mind explaining the use of a grain bag for an inner cover? What type of bag? Burlap or paper? I have a lot of chicken feed bags but they are paper. Do you just cut them to size? Want they eat the paper?

I don't use inner covers due to cost, but making one out of a grain bag seems like a great idea!

I'm not sure but I would assume burlap. Paper would just fall apart after wicking up all the moisture in the hive.

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Re: Using a grain bag as an inner cover
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2009, 01:27:36 PM »
I would assume that the grain bag type in question is one of the white woven plastic-like cloth grain bags.  I get tons of them when buying grain or custom mixes from the grain mill .
Now Nutrina bags are also now made of the same type of material but with a glossy printed outer coating and are even more durable but stiffer.
Either should be better than paper or burlap.

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Re: Using a grain bag as an inner cover
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009, 08:52:29 PM »
So, with a regular inner cover, the oval hole is for ventilation, and with the grain bag, since they are a breathable material, no hole is needed?
I wonder if you could make one with something like Tyvek?

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Re: Using a grain bag as an inner cover
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009, 10:38:08 PM »
tyvek may work but it flaps around a lot if there is any wind

 

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