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Hole(s) drilled in follower boards

 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:23 am    Post subject: Hole(s) drilled in follower boards Reply with quote

I was looking Phil Chandler's youtube videos and discovered that he drilled one hole in the lower 1/3 part of his follower boards.
What is the purpose? Is it a practice according to Dartington and his "dummy boards"?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i mean here in that youtube video

https://youtu.be/yw1hPeYw-VY?t=559
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would imagine it is to allow bees into a feeding area beyond the follower for those times when they need a little help. Personally I prefer to put a feeder adjacent to them inside their end of the hive as they find it more easily and takes less transporting. The advantage of putting it behind the follower is ease of replacement in that you are not disturbing the nest at all but I find there is no problem putting it right next to the last comb when I have to feed them.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

but there is another hole in the other follower board in the front, without plug of any kind.
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