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Offline rottybee

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Slatted Bottom Board Question
« on: February 28, 2010, 10:59:29 AM »
I am gonna build a couple of slatted bottom boards and looking over the plans, I see there is one wide slat and then a bunch of narrow slats.  My question is this:  If this sits between the bottom board and the first hive body, why would you want the wide slat?  Seems like all the slats should be narrow.  I don't think I can post a link so the plans can be found at beesource.com.  I'm gonna sign off for now but I'll check back later for answers.
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Re: Slatted Bottom Board Question
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010, 05:18:06 PM »
well, just checkin' back in and don't see any replies.  Surely someone has to have a reply. 

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Re: Slatted Bottom Board Question
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 05:51:11 PM »
The wide slat sits toward the open end of the bottom board. It is there to prevent drafts at the entrance ,therefore encouraging the queen to lay all the way to the front of the lower frames.

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Re: Slatted Bottom Board Question
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 06:49:09 PM »
The wide slat sits toward the open end of the bottom board. It is there to prevent drafts at the entrance ,therefore encouraging the queen to lay all the way to the front of the lower frames.

OK, I can see that.  I was just curious.  My table saw is hot and waiting to finish this thing and I couldn't see the logic in it.  Thanks as always. 
PS.....More questions to come.... :-D

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Re: Slatted Bottom Board Question
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 10:43:34 PM »
I also believe the wide slat near the front creates a sense of security as well. The queen does not have to worry about herself or her brood getting snatched up by an intruder that close to the entrance. I am using a parallel slatted rack from Betterbee you can find it in their on-line catalog (sorry, I do not yet have enough posting history to give the link) For me the brood nest was filled right to the bottom and end to end on the middle frames.
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Re: Slatted Bottom Board Question
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2011, 04:25:38 PM »
Supposed to reduce robbing the intruders have to go way into the hive to get honey, not just duck under the lip of the brood box.