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Have you ever flipped through a catalog or noticed an item online that looked interesting but you had no idea what it was used for? We wanted to take our more complicated items and begin to break them down so that everyone will have a clearer understanding on their uses. If you find one of our products difficult to understand, please email us at info@brushymountainbeefarm.com and we may explain its uses in next month’s e-flier.

Our Wintering Inner Cover is an item with many uses depending upon the time of year and the way you intend to use it. The idea was given to us by Lincoln Sennett. With a few modifications, Brushy Mountain has provided the perfect, year-round inner cover.

During the warmer months, the shallow side faces down to function as a typical inner cover. A groove cut into one end gives your hive the opportunity to use an upper entrance. If an upper entrance is not preferred, simply plug the hole with paper or grass. The inner cover will accommodate a mason jar feeder (lid with punctured holes included) set into the central hole. Pail feeders can be placed so that the feed can be accessed through the hole in the inner cover. An additional hive body is required when using a feeder. Yellow plug must be inserted into the upper entrance while feeding to prevent bees from building comb on hive top.

During winter, use the deep side of the wintering inner cover as a mold for sugar candy. Insert the inner cover face down with the sugar candy resting upon the frames. Hive moisture (usually a problem during winter) and heat generated from the colony will soften the candy so the bees are able to feed. The bees will have direct access to the feed when they exhaust their stored honey reserves. You may have seen starved colonies with plenty of honey stores. This is because the feed was too far away from the cluster. Using the wintering inner cover to feed above the brood chamber allows the colony to feed without breaking away from the cluster.

An insert is optional for the wintering inner cover if you are using an alternative winter feed method. The insulation is made of Homasote, a 98% recycled content that provides the ideal solution to insulate the hive and mitigate moisture. A groove cut into the surface of the Homasote provides the colony an upper entrance once the yellow cap is removed from the wintering inner cover. The upper entrance during winter provides and escape for hive moisture, as well as, an alternate route for the bees to leave the hive if the front entrance were to be covered with snow.

The wintering inner cover’s name can be misleading as a winter product when in fact it can be used year round. This is an ideal solution to replace your typical inner cover. It offers the convenience of accommodating a feed/feeder, separating hive top and hive bodies, insulating hive during winter, and allows an upper entrance.