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Would like to see ptctures of a hive on a open bottom screened board. Is the bottom of the hive stand open.
http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yourself/ipm-screened-bottom-board/

The plans for building one. Download the 2 page pdf file it has bigger pictures.
Use 8x8 hardware cloth. I only use the closure board if doing a mite count - leave it open all winter too as it seems to keep the inside humidity down - we're pretty far North too and get temps well below 0f
 

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I built the stand shown in the video above. I have a few of them just like it and they work really well. You can see it a bit better in this video:

http://www.thewarrestore.com/apps/videos/videos/show/7803911-setting-up-a-warre-hive

I have stands like the other one shown above, too (the one the 3 langs are on). Stands like that work fine and go up fast, the only problem with them is that they are hard to level and tend not to stay level very long.

Chris Harvey--Teakwood Organics

www.thewarrestore.com
 

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note finding the 1/8x1/8 hardware mesh will/can be a challenge. ive looked at virtually every hardware store and farm supply in my area over the past 2 years and have yet to find any in person.
 

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I get mine from County stores in Milford NH, they have rolls of it in house.and will cut any length you want.
My local Ace and Agway stores said they can get it if I want to order it but that can involev large amounts. There are several places on the internet that also offer it but reasonable prices appear to be for about 100 feet or more - why doing it thru a bee club helps
Using the next size up will let the bees enter and exit via the screen and can make it a bit challenging to do intrusive stuff behind the hive.
 

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Using the next size up will let the bees enter and exit via the screen and can make it a bit challenging to do intrusive stuff behind the hive.

Not to mention that your hive will get robbed out faster than you can say :doh:

I buy 8 mesh in 3 x 100ft rolls. Maybe I should offer it by the foot from our Webstore.
 

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I have started making mine the same length as the chamber (meaning the front of the SBB ends pretty much and the front of the hive). I then attach slanted board for a landing area. This allows the rain to run right off. Seems the bees will go and come in a light rain since now there are no puddles to fight.

Mike
 

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MikeJ thats a good idea, Ive noticed bees negotiating the puddles before. :thumbsup:
 

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preferred paint type for these? hives? I used some interior latex semi-gloss over primer the last time, and I am not doing that again. Sticky lid syndrome.

Gypsi
 
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