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  1. Northeast
    hives 10 frame foundationless mediums average frames of drawn comb per box: 9.3 boxes per hive: 3, 3, 2, 2, 2 weights (includes screened bottom board + inner cover): I weighed my most and least active hives. - most active (3 boxes): 45 lbs - least active (2 boxes): 50 lbs Weights for...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello all! Hope you're having a good Sunday! I have a few questions/concerns that I would really appreciate y'alls input on. :) 1) When I see talk of adding upper entrances, is that in addition to the small notch that is already on the inner cover? Or is that only for those who do not have...
  3. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I do topbar to spare my back and my wallet, and because I mostly have bees to help the environment. I actually buy clover honey since the local honey my bees make doesn't taste as good to me (not much clover in my area, more tulip trees and mustard). I had not been in my hive since last year due...
  4. Bee Forum
    Last Saturday, I brought home two 4 lb packages plus queen and installed each in a T bar hive the next day. When I checked on Wednesday one of the hives was completely empty, the other looked to be doing fine. This evening I checked the other hive and it was almost completely devoid of bees. It...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Every year, EVERY year, every YEAR, there are multiple posts on beesource saying to the effect, "I installed my package of bees and they absconded." If you feel like you must use a screened bottom board, KEEP IT CLOSED UP AT LEAST UNTIL THE HIVE IS RAISING BROOD. I'm not going to try and...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    This year I will be trying out a screened bottom board for the first time. It came with a white corrugated sheet with a grid to aid in mite counts that slides in and out underneath the screened bottom board. Is this white corrugated sheet something that should be installed at all times or only...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi, I am wondering if bee colonies in the NW (or other places with similar climate) may do better with an open bottom even thru the winter. I realize some other form of wind protection may need to be provided. A survey was conducted on this subject sometime last year. The colony loss numbers...
  8. Welcome Forum
    Hi, I’m John from Orangeburg, South Carolina A New Bee April 17, 2016..I got my first package of bees, local…. 'Installed them in a homemade top bar hive… 48 x 19 x 11… entrance on the end…3 days later removed the queen cage… It looked like the hive was doing well on about day 10 they...
  9. Equipment/Hardware
    I went to a beginning beekeeping class two weeks ago, which I enjoyed. The instructor told us that in South Texas we should always use a screened bottom board because of the heat. So, I'm wondering if that is really an "always" or just a "sometimes" suggestion for the summer months? I like...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Hello, new urban beekeeper here. I've read a lot here on bees clustering under a screened bottom board and also combining a laying worker hive with a queenright colony, but can't find the answer to this one: What to do about bees from a laying worker hive we shook out in front of a queenright...
  11. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    My Q: Is queen substance a physical substance that is spread by touch, or is it an odor spread in the air? If it is the latter, does it get diluted with screened bottom boards? My situation: Right now I have a virgin queen in a temporary wax paper NUC box with brood and nurse bees, and I'm...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all, I am new to beekeeping and just installed my first three packages this past Saturday. On Sunday one of the hives had very little activity going on compared to the other two. They had been acting different than the other two packages to start out with. While I was there I opened the...
  13. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi, first-time beehive builder, and not yet a beekeeper ! We made what we think would be all the woodenware for 2 eight-frame top-entrance hives: 2 combined slatted bottom-rack, screened bottom board stands, 12 medium (3 for brood and 3 for honey for each hive), 2 inner covers, 2...
  14. Equipment/Hardware
    I have been building a slightly tweaked Michael Palmer nuc. My plan is a divided deep with shaved frame ears to accomodate 5 by 5 in a standard size body. On top, I have two four frame mediums but with shaved ears, I can get 5 frames in each medium. I built a bottom board with an oil trap...
  15. Equipment/Hardware
    Currently, I don't have screened bottom boards. I've been contemplating it, but I'm still unsure. I think I know a lot of the reasons to use a screened bottom board, but from other threads I've seen, some of you clearly don't like screened bottom boards. I'd like to know why you feel a screened...
  16. Equipment/Hardware
    http://todolisthome.com/make-my-own-screened-bottom-board-sheets/ This episode shows how I make my mite drop count boards with corrugated plastic sheets I got online cheap from Signwarehouse.com. I had been looking for a long time for a cheap supply of co plastic sheets because just one from...
  17. Bee Forum
    I am a new beekeeper, started this spring with 4 hives. The literature I read didn't adequately capture the scope of SHB's ability to access a hive so I have been making adjustments. I started by installing beetle barns but they were only catching 1 or 2 before being sealed up by the bees. I...
  18. Warre and other Compact Vertical Hives Forum
    First time beekeeper wondering how to keep our Warre hive cool enough to make it through summer in Arizona. We have the hive under a covered horse corral with shade cloth on the west side. Wondering about plans for a screened bottom board. Saw the photos of sumps . . . What keeps the bees...
  19. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    going to make the switch to top bar hives. planning ahead for this winter's building projects. I use screened bottom boards (SBB) and inner covers in my Lang's, and like it for the summer swelter. I see designs for TBH with and without SBB. I know what the weather is like in Kenya's Summer...
  20. Bee Forum
    Ok, I'm using Screened Bottom Boards (SBB) for my two hives. A week ago, I put those white boards under them - with the grid - sprayed with PAM - so I could do a mite count. When I went today to pull them out and do a count, one of the boards was laying on the ground behind the hive. I'm...
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