About this Hive: This premium 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 pine honey super, a Vivaldi board with Vivaldi screen,and a cedar telescoping (outer) cover that is clad in light aluminium.
This hive comes with fully assembled wood frames installed with wax coated plastic foundation. We use black foundation in the brood boxes to help you find eggs, and white foundation in the honey super. We also offer foundationless frames by request. Call us for more information on these.
Comments: The Vivaldi Board combination provides moisture management, insulation, and feeding options that are not available in a standard hive with an inner cover. We use them on all our own hives.
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.