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derrick1p1
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« on: April 23, 2007, 11:57:26 AM »

Hello All:
I recently purchased my first 2 hives.  I most likely will receive my bees with in the next week.  The bottom boards I have are not screened and my foundations are plastic.  I would like to convert my bb's to screened, but am unable to find any instructions online.  Are there any suggestions for converting? or should I not attmept this and just purchase new boards?

Should I stay with the plastic foundation and try this, or should I remove them and covert to was foundation.  If so, which is the easiest way to do this?

I really appreciate any advice/direction anyone might be able to give. 

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Derrick
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007, 12:28:20 PM »

I have taken approximately half my bottom boards and just cut out a section approximately 10 inches wide and 12 inches long.  Then staple hardware cloth over the hole.  Then stapled some small square stock with a saw kerf in it to accept a slide in plastic sheet so I could shut them down.  The ventilation helped with bearding.  I also left some open over winter to see how they did.  The colonys with the open bottoms are well behind the colonys with solid bottoms this spring, so I will probably not do that again.  I haven't noticed any benefit as far as mites being controlled by the open bottoms.  And the ventilation issue I think can be as well addressed by shifting the supers 3/8's of an inch and propping the tops up.  This has the added benefit of adding entrances above the brood nest and relieves to a small extent some crowding and traffic in that area.  If I was making comb or chunk honey, I would certainly utilize upper entrances to reduce some travel stains on the new wax.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007, 01:57:17 PM »

I wouldn't worry about changing them over. New ones are easy to build....see http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=209573
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007, 11:25:38 AM »

Here are some plans;
http://www.beesource.com/plans/ipmbottom.htm
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2007, 01:55:02 AM »

If you want to convert to top entrance just turn the solid bottom boards over and put them on top of the instead of the bottom.  Then put a screen bottom board on the bottom.  The air flow will cure many problems including bearding.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2007, 03:03:32 PM »

Or turn the solid ones into feeders:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmisc.htm
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