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Offline yockey5

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Not up on new stuff.
« on: August 06, 2011, 08:11:07 PM »
I just bought a new 8 frame hive for my woman and in came with a screened bottom board. How does this thing work? I don't have a clue.

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Re: Not up on new stuff.
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011, 10:22:41 PM »
It doesn't "work".  You put it so when you put the box on there is only one entrance.
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Re: Not up on new stuff.
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011, 10:26:43 PM »
Where do I put the screen, bottom slot? what about the funky plastic cardboard thingy? It doesn't look like a good thing to me.

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Re: Not up on new stuff.
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011, 12:09:33 AM »
The cardboard thingy is to grease and slid in under the screen to do mite counts. Just put the bottom board on like any other bottom.
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2011, 12:24:26 AM »
Starting from the bottom you have the tray (aka "funky plastic cardboard thingy"), the bottom board and then the first box.  If you have the bottom upside down there probably won't be a place for the tray underneath and they may be more than one way in for the bees.
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Re: Not up on new stuff.
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2011, 08:48:56 AM »
Place the bottom board with the screen side up, cardboard down. Place so that only the edges are sitting on whatever base you put it on so that the cardboard can be slid out and back in easily. You can then spray a light coating of cooking spray on the cardboard and slide it under the hive. As mites fall through the screen, they get stuck in the cooking spray so they can be counted. Search "mite count" for more info on that.
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Re: Not up on new stuff.
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011, 11:07:33 AM »
Thanks everyone, I think I got it now.

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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2011, 11:51:07 AM »
my screened bottom boards come with a slide in to close the bottom for winter.  i can use it for mite counts, but i don't.  you might consider making something that will slide in for winter if what came with your bottoms will not do.  very thin plywood that will fit the grooves, etc.
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