Screened Bottom Boards
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  1. #1
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    Default Screened Bottom Boards

    All my hives have SBB's. Should I still give some ventilation up top? It does get above 100 but have a lot of wind.

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards

    Have they been bearding on the front outside of the hive? If so then I'd say yes, if not then there is probably enough ventilation for them.
    Big T

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards

    Thanks, no bearding so far, but summer hasn't hit full force yet.

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards

    I don't think it can hurt to provide a top entrance or at least cracking the top to provide a bit of ventilation. Helps let out the heat during peak summer temps.

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards

    I would do it and give them ventilation. I doubt that it would hurt as long as there is no chance of moisture entering the hive because of it. It is a reversible step. By the way, we love our SBBs and have used them for years. We also use single 4" diameter pipe stands and like them as it keeps the ants and critters in check. Take care and have fun

  7. #6
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards

    I always have some top vent no matter what, winter and summer.

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards/ New Beek ?

    glad I found this thread, b/c when I was inspecting yesterday (1st hive, just added the 2nd box) I noticed my bottom board appears to be solid white plastic, like choroplast. Wondering if I am supposed to replace this with a SBB? and how do I do this now that my population is really growing, just remove theplastic and slide in the screen?

  9. #8
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    Franklin, NC USA
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards

    I bought 2 top screens to move my bees when i transferred them from nucs to my equipment. Come to find out they are also used as screened inner cover. So that's what my hives will be using this summer along with the SBB. I'm thinking this will help in evaporating the moisture out of honey. Will probably go with wooden inner cover in Fall, but staying with the SBB all year.

  10. #9
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    Default Re: Screened Bottom Boards/ New Beek ?

    Quote Originally Posted by elliebee View Post
    when I was inspecting yesterday (1st hive, just added the 2nd box) I noticed my bottom board appears to be solid white plastic, like choroplast.
    If you bought a screened bottom board, perhaps that's the Integrated Pest Management Board. Take a look to see if it slides in a sort of track, and might be removable.

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