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 pine honey super, an inner cover, and a cedar telescoping (outer) cover that is aluminum clad.
This hive comes with fully assembled wood frames installed with and wax coated plastic foundation. We use black foundation in the brood boxes to help you find eggs, and white foundation in the honey super.
Comments: Our inner covers are deeper than most, allowing a little room to fit a pollen patty or some Drivert sugar. Also, they are textured on the under side to encourage propolis production, which helps with immune system regulation in the hive.
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.