I'm new to the forum and a new beekeeper as of this year. I have 5 hives and 2 of them have screened bottom boards which leave the bottom of the hive open. I'm wondering if I should have gotten something when I bought the hives to replace that screen with a wood board for overwintering the hive? Is it okay to leave the bottom of the hive open like that?
Oh and a side note. Is there anything wrong with feeding bees unfiltered untreated honey which I bought from another beekeeper? They do not treat their bees with any chemicals.
Annville, Kentucky, USA