I am a newbie and will be putting my new Flow hive out in the Spring. I live in Kansas City, Missouri where the last date for frost risk is generally May 1st, but in general April is fairly mild and Spring-like. I will be picking up a local package of bees in April. I have chosen a site for the hive where the entrance will be directed southeast (I think this is right).
Should I use a solid or screened bottom board? If I use a screened board and I have a young/new hive should I completely close the sliding board. Should I move that board in and out depending on the weather forecast and the nightly low temperatures?
I plan on putting the hive on cinder blocks with 4 x 4s between the cinder blocks. How far off the ground should the hive be? In other words how much air circulation should there be under the hive?