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Offline beejack1

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Slatted bottom racks
« on: December 31, 2016, 08:21:51 pm »
Hello all and a happy new year to everyone here. I am new to beekeeping and plan on starting this spring. I am planning on going to top entrances and was wondering if a slatted bottom rack would work with these entrances. Thank you for the site and for accepting me.
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Re: Slatted bottom racks
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 11:13:14 pm »
First let me say I am new and not very experianced.  I do have slatted racks on my hives.  I can not see you gaining the benifit of using them with a top only entrance.  If you keep your bottom entrance also you would get the benifit which as I understand it is to stop draft at the entrance and and allow brood to be able to be layed closer to the bottom.  You also gain a staging area for extra bees to hang out.  This is my two cents and aslo my welcome to you.  There are lots smarter people on bees here then me.

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Re: Slatted bottom racks
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2017, 01:44:47 am »
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Re: Slatted bottom racks
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2017, 11:51:25 am »
Welcome to the forum!   

I thought the purpose of slatted racks at the bottom was to give bearding bees a place to go away from the brood, but still within the hive.   You'd need a bottom entrance for that.    And it seems that if it's hot enough for them to be bearding, it wouldn't hurt to have both an upper and lower entrance.
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Re: Slatted bottom racks
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 06:25:52 am »
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