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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    My Langs have landing boards, my nucs do not. Both do just fine. The tree hive seems to be fine without one. It will be interesting to see if they survive though as no feeding, no treating, no manipulated brood breaks.
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Quote Originally Posted by jmgi View Post
    My most productive hives this season (all around 200 lbs. or more) didn't have landing boards at all, I just use bottom boards with a 2 1/2" wide x 1/2" high entrance slot in the rim. They don't need landing boards if you ask me.
    I would love to have hives make 200lb surplus honey!!
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Quote Originally Posted by BernhardHeuvel View Post
    You really want to go down the top entrances route? Are you keeping bees for honey or just for fun?
    BH, I'd like to know what your thoughts on this are...care to share?

    Thanks,
    Ed

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    As far as the term "honey excluder" I can find a reference in the June 6, 1907 British Bee Journal to the term "Honey excluder" for a queen excluder Volume 35 pg 228.
    http://books.google.com/books?id=ogh...der%22&f=false

    Also in the Irish Bee Journal Vol VII, No.3 July 1907 pg 35
    http://books.google.com/books?id=RRx...der%22&f=false

    And it has been in constant usage since that time at least if not before, until the present day. That predates my birth by almost half a century... so I certainly did not invent it and the concept is not unique to me.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Quote Originally Posted by dsegrest View Post
    I use Freeman bottom boards that have a fairly long slanted ramp. My bees enjoy sitting on the front porch and watching the butterflies go by.
    Mine like to sit on the porch drinking mead and laughing at the drones landing...a really rowdy bunch of wenches!!!!

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Quote Originally Posted by WBVC View Post
    I would love to have hives make 200lb surplus honey!!
    It's not the hives, but what's in them.
    Mark Berninghausen
    The answers are the end. The questions are the journey. Journey on.



  7. #27
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Quote Originally Posted by VodoBaas1 View Post
    Geez BernhardHeuvel, take a chill pill. I'm pretty sure no one was bashing your long landing board thoughts. Why must you bash anyone else's? To each their own, this should be a place to share thoughts and ideas, not a place to cut them down.
    Geez vodoBaas1, lighten up. What? No sense of humor? You gotta have a little fun or it's all work.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    All my 5 frame nucs have a 3/4" landing board, all my production hives have a 1 1/2" landing board. I really don't know if there is an advantage to having them or not?? Maybe they help in not letting the weeds grow right up and block the entrances completely but give a bit of a buffer?? I keep the weeds down in my bee yard just because it looks nice and the farmer has commented how nice the area looks.
    Coyote Creek Bees

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Queen Excluder or Honey Excluder?
    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-vi...oney-excluder/
    If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
    Abraham Maslow

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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    How did landing boards get onto the excluder debate ? Lol

    Bernhard! Stirring the pot... Keep it coming! I love it!

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    Default Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    I wish he had also done an upper entrance without the excluder in the experiment. Has any of this testing been done since?

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