Re: ATTN: New beekeepers with screened bottom boards
On March 8th had a hive swarm. Left enough queen cells to make up two nice strong splits. Both splits went to solid bottom boards and smaller cavities to allow them to better defend entrance, and help keep temp warmer due to being on the tail end of winter with some nights in the 40's. 3 weeks ago moved them to screen bottom boards due to no more cool nights and they had reached the threshold levels to handle a full deep. During the change over, I seen roughly 300 Small Hive beetles per hive. As of yesterday the oil tray underneath was full of small hive beetles, and between the two hives I only seen 2 SHB's, and killed them both fast.
Originally Posted by Brad Bee
Solid bottom boards and screened bottom boards are tools. Use the right tool for the job, that's my take on it.
Bee management is like a flowing river, persistent and ever changing.