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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009
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    Van Nuys, California, USA
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    Default screened bottom board

    I have had a screened bottom board on my hive all the time during the summer months. It worked great as far as ventilation goes, I think. Now I noticed that there are bees at the underside of it. Could they be trying to get in (robbing)? We are approaching the dry season with not much going on as far as blooming goes. Thanks for any thoughts and suggestions!

  2. #2
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    Jul 2005
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    York, South Carolina
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    Default Re: screened bottom board

    I have sbb on all my hives and I see that all the time nothing to worry.
    What\'s smarter than a talking Parrot-----A spelling bee

  3. #3
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    Default Re: screened bottom board

    It could be other bees looking for an easy way in. It happens sometimes on my hives also.
    Dan

  4. #4
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    Sep 2006
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    Clinton, Wisconsin
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    Default Re: screened bottom board

    I have sliding trays under my sbb. And quite often they have much dropped pollen on them. It could be that those bees are just gathering whatever they can use.
    WD9BB, Chuck

  5. #5
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    Jan 2007
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    piedmont s.c.
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    Smile Re: screened bottom board

    I have used sbb with the oil pan for16 years and pollen get in the oil all the time just change it when the oil is thick with pollen.the oil pans have worked well for me no chem` and very little hive problems. good luck rock.

  6. #6

    Default Re: screened bottom board

    bbbbeeman where are you getting your pans from?
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  7. #7
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    Jan 2007
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    piedmont s.c.
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    Smile Re: screened bottom board

    I use food trays from a local food supplier. but if you google freeman bottom board you can see every thing you need to know. good luck rock.

  8. #8
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    Mar 2010
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    Grafton, Ohio, USA
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    Default Re: screened bottom board

    bbbeeman..how do you use the trays? Do you just have them propped up under the SBB or do you use the sticky board slide in slot some how? Thanks.

  9. #9
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    May 2003
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    Lexington, KY, USA
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    Default Re: screened bottom board

    We have used SBB for years and we also use oiled white Formica boards under them to see what is coming from the top, Varroa, Small Hive Beetles, larva, cell caps etc.
    They work great but this year we had one hive that was overwhelmed with SHB and we lost it. Now we are using trays from Dadant that have oil in them and they seem to work so far. We have tried all kinds of beetle traps, none were very satisfactory. The best I think is a strong population. We are now reluctantly also using ground saturation with StarGuard. We don't like chemicals but we try to keep it to a minimum outside of the hives that is. This year we used no fogging with food grade mineral oil and Thymol, although it worked in the past, or any other treatment. We also tried to interfere as little as possible with the bees, such as inspections etc. We had a record crop, but that might have to have to do with the weather too. Oh well, we will keep on learning and now we hope to get the girls through the winter with a large supply of honey and the "Mountain Camp Method". Take care and have fun

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