I angled it so rain would run off instead in to the hive and in the pan . Real easy to cut the angle on a table saw .Just beautiful work!
I invent and build much of my equipment. Been working on a design for these all in one bottom board bases for long langs.
I too am incorporating a removable screen and b board by cutting kerfs/dado into 1 X 4 side rails.
Now looking at yours, I'm trying to figure out why/how you have the inside entrance on an angle up to where the flat portion has the screen.
Is that angled board to give support to the landing board and frame, and maybe stop congestion?
Also really like the tray idea. What are they from, and can they be purchased?
Thank you! and great pics.
And yes they may not need it but I have noticed a lot are so loaded down that they just barely hit the wide angled board . So if it wasn't there they would hit the ground under the hive .Waste of wood, time and money IMO. I feel like it is just more work for the bees having a bottom with an entrance ramp. It gives intruders a place to land as well. The bees spend a lot of time polishing the landing boards if you watch closely.
I think it is a way we like to humanize our bees. Providing a comfy landing board so they can ease into the hive makes no sense to me. That being said all my bottom boards have these. This is because I built them when I thought it was the way everyone made bottoms. Commercial beekeepers dont use them. Hives other than ours don't have them either.
I'm not being critical because everyone should do what they please so long as it doesn't destroy the bees IMO.
If you like them use them. If I was making new bottoms I would delete this part for sure and will do so in the future.
A pic would be great . How high from the hive opening and how far out from the hive is it . And ya the gap may work but it really flooded here u could Canoe in the ditches . So a little extra would have helped I'm sure .I've got one hive with an awning on it. Simple to make as the flashing will stay in the from you bend it, so a ninety-degree bend and some frame nails and you're done. I've got some pictures of mine at the house, I'll post one later if you'd like to see it. One thing it will interfere with is the bees bearding on the front of the hive, but other than that it helps with rain blowing in the oil tray (not 100% cure, but close). I think the best cure for rain intrusion is to have a gap between the inside edge of the porch and the edge of the oil tray...that way the rain water can fall to the ground beneath the hive.
Thanks man that's just what I was think'n .Here ya go. It's simple and utilitarian. I corners were sharp so I bent them down...didn't want to be bleeding in the beeyard! Three frame nails hold it on just fine. I also made it longer than the hives are wide...figured this would help with the wind blown rain coming from the sides. I think the bees like the shade, but who knows?