Well, since no one gave me any doomsday scenarios about that inner cover, i haven't gone back to remove it. depending on the weather over the next three days, i will go back and add more sugar water... if anything odd has happened, i'll post it. otherwise, i will continue to use that inner cover, because if i take it off, i'll have to haul it home with me, and i KNOW i'll forget to bring it back when i go to remove the feeder.
Thanks Lechwe, the hive with the feeder is about 10, 12 miles directly west of potterville, which i think would be a backtrack for you. However... the other 4 hives are in Fowlerville, about 5 minutes drive off the I-96 exit, so if my sitter abandons me again (lucky kid visiting relatives in warm, DRY Arizona), I'll email you right off instead of sitting here stewing about it and taking potshots in frustration at the baldfaced hornets and yellow jackets inhabiting my deck... :-)
why can't i get my smilies to move?
Beefree, having a happy evening contemplating the hive i will have in MY BACKYARD NEXT YEAR.