Box Construction

8 frames
Instead of using the standard 10-frame boxes, we use only 8 frames to a box.  Most hives exhibit a preference to move up instead of out.  Many times, bees won't draw out and fill the cells in frames 1 & 10 in a 10-frame box.  Side note: carrying an 8-frame honey super is a lot easier on your back than a 10-frame super!

Screened bottom boards
Utilizing screened bottom boards helps with 2 things: (1) varroa mites fall off the bees and onto the ground instead of landing back in the hive on a solid board  and (2) better ventilation helps with cooling in the summer and lowers condensation in the winter.

small cell bees          no chemicals

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