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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Bottomless Beekeeping

    I had a swarm move into a stack of boxes once that had no bottom board on it. They were doing fine. But I'm not sure I would do it on purpose in my climate.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Bottomless Beekeeping

    I run hives on screened pallets with slatted racks, most with no tray in place.
    They seem to function normally. One problem, swarms move onto the bottom of the screens sometimes. I tried it and went back to solid bottoms.


  4. #23
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    Default Re: Bottomless Beekeeping

    I am sure at some point during the year having an open bottom would help. And at times they are a bad idea. I am sure some one has made a multifunction bottom board that can have different inserts for different conditions.

  5. #24
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    Default Re: Bottomless Beekeeping

    Thanks for all of the input from everyone. I was refering to Charles Martin Simon's bottomless beekeeping article.
    https://www.beesource.com/point-of-vi...ished-version/
    I now realize that I should have explained myself better. Yes the hives would be on a frame to keep them off the ground. For some reason this does seem like a good idea to have no bottom board, but I do see a mutitude of problems in the colder months as well as robbing. I think I will stay with bottom boards for now. Thanks everyone!

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