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I have changed over to top entrance hives this year. I have read several threads here and many outside resources about solid v. screen bottom. My question is what do experienced BK here do who have top entrance hives? My thinking is to keep the sliding bottom white board in place under the screen and perhaps crack it for a little air flow when it gets really hot, but otherwise keep it closed and dark in the hive.

Thoughts? Thank you.

Lee
 

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All my hives are top entrance only. Half of my hives are screened bottom boards. Half my hives are solid bottom boards. I try to keep the trays in on the SBB. I probably fail at that a lot... but my hives are only 3 1/2" off the ground and the grass usually blocks the wind.
 
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