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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
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    Lumpkin County, GA
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    Default Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    All,
    I made SBB for all of my hives and made a sliding drawer in it so I can close the bottom up if I need to. This is my first winter and I don't know if I should leave the drawer off to keep the SBB totally open or whether I should keep it closed to minimize drafts. I will be putting on the vented inner covers for ventilation. Several local beeks were asked but there wasn't a consistent answer given (gee, I'm shocked!!).
    I am in North Georgia and we occasionally get snow in the winter and temps can drop to the upper teens on a regular basis. Should I leave the SBB open or closed over the winter?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
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    Geneva, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    I would say to close it to help to keep the cold out
    Last edited by allan; 10-08-2013 at 06:33 PM.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2012
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    Delhi, New York, USA
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    Well, This is my first winter and have had various opinions on this subject; I am leaving them open. One hive has a solid BB, the other two have a SBB. I live in the Western Catskills and it can get very cold; I talked with a woman who always uses the SBB year round with no problems.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Fort Wayne, IN
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    I have never closed them and average 85% + survival. Most do have some wind block so that it doesn't blow staight in. Sitting on cinder blocks. Keep top with good ventilation too. Lost hives my first year from condensation rain, never again! I will take my chances with the cold.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Taylor County, Georgia, USA
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    Last year I asked a 35 year beekeeper if he left his SBBs on in the Winter...he said yes. So, nothing for me to do but experiment and throw a SBB on in the middle of Winter. First little cold snap (with wind) after that, I found a pile of dead bees on the screen and had non-Christian thoughts about the beekeeper.

    So, this year I will leave the SBBs on, but will slide in a piece of a political sign or something to block the bottom. I'll make sure I have a small top vent as well. With wind breaks, I think you'll be ok, but if cold wind gets in there, it's a bad deal.
    Try it. What could happen?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
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    Massillon, Ohio
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    What I found works best here with the SBB's is to leave the trays out until the bees stop flying during the day when the temperatures stay cold. Then the trays go in until spring.
    To everything there is a season....

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
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    McClure, OH
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    In GA, you could go either way (probably why you got different opinions), so you can try half and half and see what works for you.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Bertie County,NC
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    I have some of both. I see no difference in either screened left open or solid bottoms.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Concord, CA
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    We've never closed ours. zone 9b
    I know some beeks in NY & CO don't close theirs either. Some do.
    Dan

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Macoupin,Illinois,USA
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    For me closed for the winter...If i lived in Georgia i would probably leave them open,or partially open

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Billerica, MA
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    Default Re: Wintering with Screen Bottom Boards

    I never close them up here, zone 6a. I only put the boards in for mite counts. I have a few hives with slatted racks also but the majority are on open SBB.

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