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    When installing a new package of bees , is it ok to install bees with the a slatted rack already installed or install it when the colony has some time to buildup before it gets hot,,,,, same question about SBB or should I install it at a later time or just use the standard BB when starting hive off ?? do these make much difference when a hive is starting ? thanks for your support.

    Ted

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    You can install it now. It won't do any harm.

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    I would consider the time of year. If it is early and the night time temps are dipping down to chilly, I would keep the tray in so the brood can be kept warm. I would not remove the tray until the temps stay above 50 at night. In the fall I install them when the temps return to 50 at night.

    The slatted rack wouldn't matter that much, and could be installed anytime.

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    I'd put the slatted rack on from the start. The slatted rack creates a controled ventilation situation as opposed to an open screened bottom board which lets in the draft. But then I usually install a package in a five frame nuc box because the weather in April around here can get really cold and they seem to take off much better in a smaller space. Since I do that, the slatted rack doesn't get added until they are moved to a ten frame box.

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