Screened bottom boards in AK?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by BeeHunter, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. BeeHunter

    BeeHunter New Member

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    I'm just starting up here in Alaska and was asked by the guy I bought some bee's with about why I am using screened bottom boards? when all he's seen up in AK have been solid bottom boards. I have used screened and solid bottom boards in Missouri for a few years and prefer the screened even in winter. The overnight temps up here are around 30F and daytime temps soaring up to around 55F. I havent been to a club meeting(next Monday) so thought I'd ask around the shop here?
    Any Alaska or Great North beeks have any input on this?
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    BH is there mites or SHB that far north? I would venture to say no. Just my thinking (and that is asking a lot), but the solid bottom boards would hold in a little more heat for the brood nest.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    First I would ask myself the PRIME question... What do screened bottom boards accomplish (no matter what the location) and then proceed from there?
     
  4. srvfantexasflood

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    I have been to AK in the summer. (Flowers everywhere!) I know it can get so cold it kills the moose in some winters. I think having an open mind about might benefit you.You might have to leave what you know about beekeeping at the Canadian border.
    I hope you share the information you gathered at the bee meeting with us. I am curious about the experienced beekeeps answers. I would like to know how they plan for spring build up in such a short amount of time. Maybe that's where the two queen method comes in handy???(you mentioned a two queen method in another post)