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Follower Boards ...holes

 
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Craig Howard
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:46 pm    Post subject: Follower Boards ...holes Reply with quote

Currently I am building my first hive and have made a few spare parts as I do so. eg follower boards, top bars, comb guides...

I see photos of follower boards with and without holes.

Because I do not yet know how these are used in practice I ask for advice please.

Do or will I ever need follower boards without any holes at all?

I know I can plug them, but sticking my hand in a bee hive to do so, doesnt thrill me and maybe the bees also.
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main use would be to give the bees access to an area behind the follower board where you would feed the colony. If you make the hole the size of a wine cork, you can plug it and do so from the side away from the bees, so as not to disturb them. It is good that you have made spares, good luck.
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