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Hi to all
My nane is Rich,and I brand new to beekeeping. I have a few questions. Do you use a screened bottom board with a regular bottom board? Do you use them individually? What is bearding ?

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>Do you use a screened bottom board with a regular bottom board?

Some companies sell an insert to go on a regular bottom board. But a SBB is usually a stand alone thing. You use it instead.

>What is bearding

When the weather is hot the bees sometimes cluster on the outside of the hive. It looks like a beard.
 

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I use a screened bottom with a solid board about 3 inches below it. A tray sits on this, and can be pulled out any time to check what's falling out. This way I can get a surprising amount of information about what's going on inside the hive without having to disturb the bees.
 
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