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Started making hives w/fixed boards due to hive beetle issue

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:18 pm    Post subject: Started making hives w/fixed boards due to hive beetle issue Reply with quote

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No matter how perfectly you measure and cut follower boards, the walls of hive always expand/contract. Therefore, here in Florida and all over the south, movable follower boards create a haven for dozens of hive beetles to hide.

This is my first prototype hive with fixed "follower" boards. So technically, they are no longer follower boards in this case. They can be opened up for populations to expand in to side chambers. Otherwise, side chambers are usually left to raise small nucleus colonies.

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