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  1. #21
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    I use the enclosed sbb with oil tray. Used the design from Rusty Farm website with a few mods. It gives me a sneak peek into the hive with out opening it up... my little daily fix.

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  3. #22
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    Here is a link to Rusty's oil tray bottom board plans that are referenced above:
    http://schoonerbay.net/rustysbees/ipm.html
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #23
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Here is a link to Rusty's oil tray bottom board plans that are referenced above:
    http://schoonerbay.net/rustysbees/ipm.html
    Thanks!

  5. #24
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    I do use them when moving bees. Bees often overheat when moving and often have trouble ventilating because they are confined. They do not have that issue when not confined... so yes, I find screened bottoms useful when moving bees.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

  6. #25
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    What is the consensus among commercial beeks?

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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    Quote Originally Posted by Wandering Man View Post
    So, I'm wondering if that is really an "always" or just a "sometimes" suggestion for the summer months?
    Screened bottom boards. Some swear by them, some swear at them.

    This is one of the top ten or twenty regularly debated topics. I don't use them, mostly because I already have all the solid bottoms I need. I don't think they'd benefit me much, if at all.
    After 40 years of beekeeping, I've come to realize that the bees can fix most of my mistakes.

  8. #27
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    >What is the consensus among commercial beeks?

    From my observation they are 99.99% solid bottom boards...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

  9. #28
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    Any of y'all ever find a cluster of bees on the underside of your screen where a newly mated queen didnt quite make the entrance and is stuck there?

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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    >Any of y'all ever find a cluster of bees on the underside of your screen where a newly mated queen didnt quite make the entrance and is stuck there?

    Yes.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

  11. #30
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    A couple of my hives will have a small cluster of bees (15-20) on the underside of the screen, however, not because of a wayward queen. I have tried moving them and they go right back. I just figure the bees know better than me as to why they stay under there. I don't know why they do it. Maybe some others on this forum have some insight. As for the queen, catch her, put her in the hive,others will probably follow.

  12. #31
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    Default Re: When & where for screened bottoms

    If they worked as advertised, I think everyone would use them.

    I don't own one.
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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