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  1. #1
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    Mar 2013
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    GOULBURN, NSW AUSTRALIA
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    Default what people think of this base?

    What are the pros and cons of this idea?
    Does it really work?
    Thankyou
    Ralph
    hope you can see the picture

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  2. #2
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    Baytown, TX., USA.
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    Default Re: what people think of this base?

    I like it! Plan to build some very similar. In fact will steal some of your design. The pipe legs will be very easy to set into cut off milk jugs and filled with water or oil (I plan to use PVC pipe). Best ant stop! Looks like the stand and bottom board is one unit, why not, seems a good idea to me. Can you give us a link so we can read and look at the whole thing?
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

  3. #3
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    GOULBURN, NSW AUSTRALIA
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    Default Re: what people think of this base?

    Hello,
    I was more talking about the mesh base instead of normal timber
    But i have attached some more pics of this stand for you
    Thank you for the idea of the ant stopper
    I suppose the water that you use in the pvc pipes could also be used as drinking water for the bees
    Could this happen?
    Thanks
    Ralph
    img021.jpgimg022.jpg

  4. #4
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    Default Re: what people think of this base?

    Just by the way this is scanned from a book
    Ralph

  5. #5
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    Wausau, WI, USA
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    Default Re: what people think of this base?

    SBB (screened bottom boards) do help, and what they say is accurate, however they are only 1 part of IPM to control varroa mites. A SBB won't do it alone in most cases. They also help with ventilation if your enviroment is really hot. They're more costly then a standard bottom board. You'll need a second standard bottom board or a slide in closure if it gets cold and snowy where you live. Sorry, don't know the weather in Austrailia. Just remember that feral hives don't use them.

    I can't see you needing it in Austrailia unless it's really hot. Last I heard (12/2013) Austrailia was still varroa free. Has this changed?

    Wisnewbee
    Honey Luv Farm

  6. #6
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    Default Re: what people think of this base?

    overrated who ha in my opinion. I just make cribbing 2 tiers high from scrap 4x4s and put a solid bottom board over that. The amount of mites that actually fall through the screen is negligible when you consider that most of the mites in the hive are found in the brood cells not loose on bees anyway
    http://www.peekskillnurseries.com
    Specialists in Ground Cover plants since 1937

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