I am back in the Netherlands after 2 years volunteer work in Kenya where I started beekeeping and made a Kenya Top Bar Hive (KTBH). http://www.bit.ly/beekeepingkenya
I am now busy making a top bar hive in Holland and this time want to incorporate a screened bottom board for ventilation and varroa control.
At the local hardware store they don't have a whole lot of choice of mesh. Most are way too big for chicken and rabbit pens. The only suitable mesh I found was a plastic mesh that you use to make an insect screen for a door or window. The mesh is black and has 17 holes per inch. Would this mesh be suitable to use for my top bar hive? I want to make the screened bottom board so that I can remove it to clean out dead bees and other dirt that has accumulated on the bottom.
Was also planning to use it to make an outside feeder with an upside down pickle jar. Can the bees get to the jar lid properly or are the holes too small for that?