What is Your Favorite Screened Bottom Board

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  1. lazy shooter

    lazy shooter New Member

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    I am thinking of going to SBBs on all of my hives. Therefore, I would welcome input on whose SBBs you prefer and why you think they are better than their competitors. As always, thanks in advance for your replies.
     
  2. afterburn001

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    Our first year we went solid. Our second year we did four screened bottom boards. Three of the four screened bottom boards were dead outs. I know a lot of people like them for mite control and ventilation but I'm not a fan of them at all. I think it makes it too hard for the bees to discard of the dead bees because bee parts get stuck in the screen. As far as mites are concerned: I think when they drop off the bee, they are on their way out/half dead anyway. Just my opinion based on my personal observations. :wink:
     

  3. brooksbeefarm

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    I have seen some that other beekeepers have made and made some to my own liking. They are easy to make and cost less than store bought.Once you get a pattern you can cut out several and put them together later, i like to make up 10 to 20 at a time. It depends on how many hives you want or have. Jack
     
  4. Slowmodem

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    How do you get the screen tight across the hole before stapling/nailing?
     
  5. Barbarian

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    Like Jack, I've made my own and I am a wood-butcher (little skill).

    I use rigid or semi-rigid galvanised or s/s mesh. At some time you may wish to flame the floor so I would avoid plastic or plastic coated mesh.
     
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    Greg, the 1/8" galvanized screen comes in a role and is rigid like Barbarian said. I make the frame wide enough that when i cut the screen i can staple or nail 3/4" wood strips on the inside of the sbb to hold the screen in place. I don't have to stretch it. Jack
     
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    I have a roll of it and haven't opened it yet. I wanted to see if there was a secret to it before I started. :) Thanks!
     
  8. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    A botch-up SBB

    The following is my wood butcher's style.


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    1. The kind of hive stand I use.

    2. Front view of SBB (OMF). The 3 sided rim is 3/8 ---- bottom bee space hive.

    3. Rear view showing empty slot for slide.

    4. Slide partially in. It rests on the top of the stand legs.

    I don't use alighting platforms on my hives.
     
  9. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    ""What is Your Favorite Screened Bottom Board""

    YOURS!

    As long as they are yours and not mine, I like them. I tried them for a few years and went back to solids. They just did not fit my beekeeping practices.
     
  10. Crofter

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    I have gone to 1"high sides and entrance on my bottom boards so enough space to slip in a screened sticky board to do mite counts. The bees fly earlier and later without all the ventilation of screened bottoms. Of course I am in a way colder and dryer climate than most on here. The bees do a better job of sweeping the floor with a smooth wood floor.