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When they use the word "double" in double screen board does that mean there is two screens or is double because you can have a colony on each side?

I need to build one (doing a laying worker combine) and most of the pictures I can find look like just one layer of screen.

I found plans here but it's not super clear either.

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K
 

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Two screens usually separated by about 3/4". You can put a colony on each side of the screen. Generally the bottom box can't get out the top, but the top box can get out the bottom. If you're stacking colonies, it's common practice to put the entrances on opposite sides.

Edit: That'll teach me to not read carefully. I thought you were talking about double-screened _bottom boards_. Ignore that whole bit about entrances.
 

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A double screen board is a wooden frame, the size of a super or an inner cover, w/ screen on both sides.

Doing a laying worker combine, why don't you just use newspaper, say two sheets and don't punch or slice any holes in the paper? The bees will chew through the paper and get to know each other and get together.
 

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Here's a photo of a double screen .....this one is made with a support piece in the middle going lengthwise. Like Iwombat says, there's a 3/4" space between screens.

http://i40.tinypic.com/ll7wj.jpg

You may want to use a single screen divider so the bees can transfer queen/brood phermone through to the laying worker group.
 

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Thanks, it is double screened...I thought it was but wanted to make sure.

The reason for the double screened board is I would like to stop the laying workers before I even do the combine. I figure give them some time over the queen right colony do sort their problems out then just do a news paper combine. I saw that M.B. suggests shaking the queen less colony in front of the queen right one after they've "seasoned" over the queen right one.

I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

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