Re: My bottom board combo
I like the general idea of what you've created here, although for me, having the slatted board separate would feel more comfortable around general maintenance. It could be held in clips to help maintain alignment as the hive is worked, but still be easily releasable if necessary.
Gumpy, the slatted board is supposed to help with managing bee space. The offset from the bottom of the frames with a slatted board is typically about 3/8" and you have about 3/4" below the slats for space that the bees can gather away from the frames while they are dealing with heat management, etc. This can also help to deter burr comb under the frames at the bottom of the box because there's only that 3/8" available. The flat area toward the front of the hive also reduces light from the lower entrance which apparently provides benefits to the bee's happiness. When Alison did a deep inspection of our two overwintered hives last weekend, we were able to see first-hand how the bees were gathering under the slatted board.
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