Vivaldi Board™️ Primer: Part One

Vivaldi Board™️ Primer: Part One

Since we introduced the first Vivaldi Board ™️, it has gained wide acceptance, but there is more utility to this product than many users realize.  This 3-part blog will review the attributes of the Vivaldi Board by talking about the motivation behind the initial Vivaldi Board™️ development, the ongoing improvements we have made since it was introduced, and our latest developments in the pipeline.

Motivation: Most part time Langstroth beekeepers have a two stage lid: the inner cover and outer cover (also called telescoping cover).

Inner Cover: Colonies normally treat the inner cover  of their hive as their “roof” by sealing it shut with propolis, which is why a hive tool is needed to remove it.  If it is a good inner cover, its top side is relatively tall, allowing you to flip it upside down to give a little room for management tasks such as mite treatment, feeding with a pollen patty or fondant. You might even have room to put a little insulation up there, or at least a moisture wick.  But the inner cover's size severely limits it in all these functions.

Our first version of Vivaldi Board was more or less a tall inner cover with some ventilation slots.  But after a couple of seasons, we realized that, although bees loved the space, they often died up there for various reasons.  So we added a screened frame to limit their movement within the Vivaldi Board™, but we soon discovered this modest addition hugely enhanced its management scope.

It is this combination of the board and the screen which makes the Vivaldi Board such a powerful tool for feeding, ventilation, moisture management and temperature regulation. We will be discussing these in the next two blogs.    



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