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Buzzax
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« on: August 30, 2011, 08:43:40 PM »

Hello all,

I built a 2 1/2" super with a an upper entrance in it. I first built it with the intention of only using it for alittle insurance in the winter using it as a candy board. Would it hurt to put it on now to possibly help cool the hive and provide an upper entrance or is 2 1/2" of airspace between the top of the frames and the inner cover a bad thing?

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 09:20:38 PM »

If you have a fall flow, they will fill it with burr comb and honey.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 09:25:21 PM »

Where are you located, how old is your hive, and what does it look like (how many frames full)?
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2011, 09:49:33 PM »

Depending upon how full your hive is, and the flow, there is a descent chance the bees will build some comb in the space.  You could stuff a piece of 2” thick foam in there to eat up most of the extra space, or just risk it.  This late in the year I would probably just risk it, and remove any comb if they build it. 

Actually I have some 2.5” bodies on the tops of my hives too, but they have slats in them to maintain bee space.
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011, 09:08:01 PM »

i have a 2" shim for each hive. i have window screen on one side & ventilation holes in the sides. in the summer i put the screen side down to keep the bees from propolizing the vents. in the winter i flip it over & plug most of the vent holes to do the "mountain camp" method of dry sugar feeding. it has worked pretty good so far.
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