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Bottom board needed - Araucaria ten frame


#1

I would like to buy another bottom board for the Araucaria ten frame FlowHive.

The staff at FlowHive Australia don’t seem to have any for sale.

Does anybody have one to sell?

Or, is there another manufacturer that makes the exact same bottom board?

I intend to set two FlowHive brood boxes side by side, and share the super between the two brood boxes. It is for this reason that the bottom boards need to be identical and have the same built in slope towards the back.

Thanks!


#2

I reckon you could buy any 10 frame sized bottom board from a beekeeping supply and prop it up with a board to achieve identical height and slope.

I don’t understand how you would share the super with 2 adjacent brood boxes?


#3

I understand what you are intending on doing. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out. I’m glass half full however on the bees ability to be able to fill a whole super without sharing.


#4

#5

Dee,

Very interesting system ! We have iffy/minimal (one shot big flow) so guessing I’ll be an observer on this one. Looks :eyes: like a weeeee bit more work n complications than I need on my beekeeping plate. With hive inspections, mite issues n damp rain here … I’ll watch !! :smiley:. Do like seeing others experiment n try new ideas. This one needs to be thot out from the bottom board upward complete. This sure isn’t a fly-by-night idea or method ! Thankz for finding that article Dee. Pix’s sure make it clear !

Wishing you good luck :four_leaf_clover: Niell on this one n finding matching parts. Nice time to have a good woodshop n skills to use it. Looks like a couple half roofs your goofing to need as well … looking forward to your bio, progression n pix’s on your beekeeping project.

Cheers n good-luck,
Gerald

. Looks like some special wood work for (2 each half crown board n half roof) or use of migratory roofs (1/2’s).


#6

Yes…far too much work for me for sure


#7

It’s funny to read that 2 queen systems yield lots of honey. Two separate colonies containing one queen each can also produce lots of honey.

I think that if a colony needs 2 queens, there’s something wrong with those queens. A young vigorous properly mated queen is all that is needed in each colony.


#8

Well you know @JeffH you are right but people like to fiddle with their bees


#9

Hi Neill,

So you want to put the Flow Super on one brood box, then when it’s full - harvest it. Then move the empty Super onto the other brood box?

Or you want to do the horizontal two-queen system? Interesting idea… You can prop up your other brood box as mentioned.
Here are some ideas:


#10

As I said in my post, I intend to set two FlowHive brood boxes side by side, and share the super between the two brood boxes.

For this reason, I need identical bases upon which to set my brood boxes.

Occasionally propping up the hive bottom and letting it down again is of no use to me or my bees, as it would create gaps.

Faroe, since you work for the Honey Flow Team could you please get them to sell me a base?


#11

Neil,
If I understood your initial post - I would not have confirmed your meaning… Anyway, you can prop up your hive permanently, not temporarily with the links I provided.
In regards to a base - you will need to go through customer support - info@honeyflow.com
If we have supplies - we can sell them. But if we do not have any - we can’t sell them.
Sorry about that.


#12

Word of advice if your going to undertake some carpentry and build your wood working requirements for your bees. Be VERY careful in choosing the wood you intend to use.
Recently I planned to build a new lid for my flow hive. I had some 14mil flooring panels lying around and thought they’d make a good solid lid.
However, after about two weeks I noticed lots of dead bees on the floor of the hive, inspection showed nothing amiss. But bees kept dying. If I didn’t solve this quickly, looked like I could loose the whole hive.
Then I remembered the flooring had formaldyed injected during manufacture to protect against termites. I couldn’t get the lid off the hive fast enough, and YES, the bees ceased dying. Despite this flooring being 14 years old, the chemicals within were still powerful enough to kill the bees.
So take great care on your choice of timber when DYI.