I’ve been reading a lot as I’m new to this gig. I came across several times, the use of a hive mat. Not so much the crown board that comes with the flow hive.
I was wondering whether these are basically the same thing, and whether a hive mat is needed when using a crown board.
I also came across a crown board with a piece of sheet metal screwed in one corner so that the round hole can be closed off.
Is there a reason why I should be closing off the round hole if the bees are not being fed through it?
I was going to put some metal mesh on the hole to stop bees building comb in the lid without compromising ventilation. Is that a good idea?