About this Hive: This classic hive is ready to go and has the capacity to accommodate your bees throughout the year, with room for honey if you get lucky. The hive has a double walled screened bottom board with sloped entrance and entrance reducer, two deep pine hive boxes for the brood chamber, and one medium honey super, an inner cover, and our telescoping cover made with roofing metal.
This hive comes with fully assembled wood frames installed with wax coated plastic foundation. We use double waxed black foundation in the brood boxes to help you find eggs, and white foundation in the honey super.
Comments: You can upgrade the Classic Northwest Hive with the Curved Roof option. (See image.) As well as being beautiful, this lid provides several technical benefits. See this link for details: https://hiveandgarden.com/collections/hives-and-hive-components/products/curved-telescoping-cover-with-vented-ridge.
We always use screened bottom boards. They include a mite tray (sometimes called a sticky board) that provides a convenient way to count varroa mites without killing or disrupting the bees. It is less accurate than jar sampling methods, but can be done as often as you want to make up for the lower accuracy. Frequent sampling gives you a better sense of changes in mite infestation rate.