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  1. Beekeeping 101
    My niece and I installed 6 new nucs a week and a half ago. She took pictures today of the sticky boards and disposed of them, but unfortunately the camera is pretty low resolution and she didn't really inspect them. I read an archived post on beesource that had interesting ideas on what you...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Hi Everyone, Question for the experts. I've changed out my bottom board with a clean/ disinfected board the over the weekend and I'm trying to understand what I am looking at! Thankfully, my bees are alive (fingers cross it continues), but I wanted to know what the debris is at the bottom of...
  3. Equipment/Hardware
    Anyone with experience doing a bottom board made of PVC sheet and stock material? Have made telescoping covers without issue.
  4. Bee Forum
    Has anyone experimented or tried a vertical entrance on the underside of a bottom board? And if you have, what was your experience? How well did the bees enter into the hive this way? Thanks!
  5. Equipment/Hardware
    Newbee here with bees coming in May. We're working on the hives right now. I ordered some IPM screened bottom boards that come with a corrugated sheet to slide in. We live in Northern NY where we get tons of snow and cold temps (we had record lows for the entire country on 3 days last month). I...
  6. Bee Forum
    I made some screened bottom boards today I used Cedar wood ($0.25 a foot for the 1x4's) Here are some pics: and here are some telescoping covers (minus the metal)
  7. Equipment/Hardware
    Ok, I'm not a big message board guy... So much so that I can't even remember my old user name or the email I used with it... So this is my "first" post. I live in Geoegia and the SHB is a pain for me. I've tried all the traps and they all work but have drawbacks. I bought a few of the Freeman...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    I'm new at beekeeping. I built 2 langstroth hives, painted the exterior surfaces and left the interior ones unfinished. I'm curious what others consider the "best practice" for finishing the 2" or so of the bottom board just beyond the entrance to the hive. There are benefits to painting, as...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I PLAN TO RAISE MY FIRST QUEENS NEXT JUNE. FOR MATING NUCS, I PLAN TO DIVIDE A STANDARD 9-FRAME DEEP IN HALF. CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN HOW I SHOULD MODIFY EITHER THE BOX(ES) AND/OR MY BOTTOM BOARDS SO AS TO CREATE SEPARATE ENTRANCES ON OPPOSITES SIDES OF THE MATING NUC? THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Hello, Quick background: Second-year noobie beekeper here; last year I started too late and my colony didn't make it over the winter. Langstroth hive. I installed a new package of bees + queen on Saturday. Our weather has been bad here lately-- down to the low 30s, upper 20s at night, and...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hello - Installing two packages tomorrow and here are my last minute questions: 1. screened bottom board - should i leave it with just the screen in for ventilation or pop in the piece that catches the mites until the bees get use to their new home/new northern temperatures? 2. How long...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Which do you prefer and why? Thanks in advance for your replies. :)
  13. Beekeeping 101
    I use screened bottom boards and haven't medicated more than pollen patties, SW and Mega Bee (which I just started this spring). A brief description of the early and mid spring weather here in the high plains just SE of Denver CO: multiple times we had days of warm and sunny in the 60's and...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    I recently built a new bottom board from the 10 frame Langstroth hive plans on Beesource. The drawing shows that the 3/8" opening is on top. Is this the entrance side or do they just have the bottom board upsidedown in the plans?My old bottom board used a 3/4" entrance reducer. There isn't...
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