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Project by Wil posted 1246 days ago 5270 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and I spent some time last weekend building new hive stands for two new beehives. We have read a lot about using a screened bottom board to reduce Varroa mite infestation in beehives. Several sources claim that you can completely do away with the bottom board (even in the winter). Our winters can be quite windy and cold, so we decided to include a slide-in removable bottom board…just in case.

We also decided to combine both the “hive stand/landing board” and Varroa screen bottom board into one single unit. These are usually sold as two seperate units, but it didn’t make sense to build them that way.

I finally got a chance late last week to paint and install the hives. I placed them facing east so the girls will get up and around in the morning, but with a tree not far to the west to shade the hives from the late-day hot summer suns. The stands are on legs to increase the effectiveness of the Varroa screen, and to put the hive bodies above all but the deepest of snows. I put wire fencing around the hive to keep out marauding goats, and placed landscape cloth and mulch underneath to suppress weeds and tall grasses.

The girls are due to arrive next weekend!





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Grandpa

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#1 posted 1246 days ago

I have a limited knowledge of bees and bee handling but those look like they should work. I am far from even a novice in this area I am afraid. Good luck in your new hobie. Why do bees have stcik hair? They have honey combs. My 4 year old twin grandaughters came to me last week with that…..so LOL

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#2 posted 1246 days ago

VERY INTERESTING BUILDAND WELL DONE !
I HAVE A FRIEND THAT WILL BE VERY INTERESTED IN THIS
HIM AND HIS SON JUST BUILD SOME HIVES A COUPLE WEEKS AGO
IF YOU HAVE PLANS FOR THIS WHY DONT YOU POST THEM PLEASE

THANKS

KIEFER

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sval229

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

I’ve been corraled by my son’s girlfriend to build a top bar hive one day next week. Since I’ve never done one before I ordered a set of plans from a bee supply site. Looks pretty straightforward. I like the hardware cloth false bottom. Hope mine comes out as neat looking as yours. I’ll post in a week or so.

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#4 posted 1246 days ago

Nice design but where are the second and third floor?

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#5 posted 1246 days ago

Great looking bottom board. I know of many people using these and they feel they work well. We have two hives in our backyard and are adding two more this spring, just need to finish building them as the girls arrive at the end of April. I did check on my hives yesterday, just opened the window covers. The topbar hive didn’t like that, eventhough I have done it every day for the last year, and I got a nice sting in the arm. Oh well, the life of a beekeeper.

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#6 posted 1246 days ago

Hi Wil,

Great post. Thanks for sharing. My father and I have been trying our hand a beekeeping for the last 2 years and they die every year. I am going to recommend to him we try this set up. Did you build them from plans or did you just take a standard hive and modify? Thanks!

-Will

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Wil

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#7 posted 1246 days ago

WWorker08- No second and third floor as of yet. Since they are new hives we won’t add additional hive bodies until the Queen pretty much fills this hive body with brood, otherwise she’ll have a tendency to move upwards.

WWilson- We’ve also lost hives. The three things we are trying differently are the screened bottom board, the position of the hives and feeding. We were reluctant to feed the bees sugar water in the past and even left all the honey supers on the hive in an effort to help them over-winter.

Oh yeah, we had no “plans” when we built these. We just built them to fit a standard Langstroth hive body. My son is pretty handy with sketch-up, so I will see if he wants to draw something up!

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