I wish I had attached my bottom board to the brood box with screws. Here’s why.
Where I live it’s standard to have only one brood box and winters are relatively mild, South Australia, still mite and beetle free.
I was attempting to do an inspection of the brood box since it had been about two months since the last one, and we have not had much of a honey flow. Things were going along ‘tickety-boo’…
When, I did a lousy job of separating the super from the brood box, and when I went to lift the super off, the queen excluder and two frames of brood moved with it. This slid the brood box OFF the base and all hell broke loose.
I have managed to get things halfway back together, but the broodbox is still cock-eyed on the base, resulting in an unexpected ‘entrance reducer’. Sorry, no photos.
I’ve observed the bees coming and going and they are managing, however I need to get the brood box and super sitting correctly on the base to reestablish the entrance properly. I’ve left them alone a few days while I think of the best plan on how to proceed next.
I am thinking the best thing is to pull out flow frames one by one, to lighten the load. Then adjust the broodbox onto the base squarely and reload the flow frames. Kind of an ‘opportunity’ to view the flow frames if we have any honey. I’ll skip the broodbox inspection for now.
Does anyone have a better suggestion?
And…for the next hive…does anyone out there attach their base to their broodbox? Or have I missed this as an option of what to do during hive setup? It seems like for a backyard beekeeper newbie, attaching the base to the broodbox would be more helpful than not.