Not as intresting as Topless beekeeping, but I digress.....
Has anyone read the article by Charles Simon about eliminating bottom boards form beekeeping? What do you think? It would save me a bundle, I wouldnt have to convert all my bottoms to screened bottoms, but the robbing issue scares the crap out of me.
Any opinions? Anyone trying this? I'm putting 3 hives to the test in 2 weeks.
Oh, just FYI...the article is on this website under the POV section.
In California where Charles Simon lives? Yes I think it would work, and in fact seems to be working. In Manitoba where you live or Nebraska where I live? I think it's FAR too cold. I don't intend to try it.
Can you send me the info on topless beekeeping?
I couldn't find anything in POV about bottomless hives.
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I wasn't thinking year round, I was thinking
more in the months of July ,August early September. We have +30c days up here, and cool is not a descriptive in those months.
Perhaps only one strong one then.....I dont know. Nothing ventured nothing gained but I hate risking loss.
How would you close it up when it turns cold?
I made SBB this year to try on 10 hives to see if I liked them. I also made them with the screen on a removable frame, so that I could take it out and clean it. For winter I planned on taking the screen frame out and replacing it with a solid frame.
I had thought about trying the a bottomless setupby just removing the frame.
I had several concerns thou:
#2) When I used slatted racks, they always seemed to build comb below the frame and filled the space between the rack and frame bottom. Well, without a bottom, I think that they are going to build down below the hive.
This would mean alot of mess and cleanup for winter.
I think that a SBB, that is removable for cleaning, provides some of the benifits of a bottomless hive, mite and debris removal, but without some of the problems, robbing and bottom comb.