WHAT IS IT? The bottom board serves as the floor of the hive, supports all the weight of the boxes and frames on top of it. On each bottom board, there is a single entrance to the hive the bees use to come and go from the hive. The bottom board is also the place most beekeepers place their bee feeders.
CYPRESS WOOD: The bottom board is closest to the ground so is often the most susceptible to rot. This is one area where our rot-resistant cypress wood shines, standing up to the elements. Changing out a rotten bottom board is not fun and our bottom boards ensure you won't have to do that.
SOLID VS SCREENED: The solid bottom board differs from the screened bottom board in that the floor of the hive is a solid piece of wood. The solid wood keeps any drafts from coming into the hive and also makes it slightly easier for the beekeeper to control airflow inside the hive. Both types of bottom boards are an excellent choice and have worked well for beekeepers for decades.
FULLY ASSEMBLED: Our bottom boards are completely assembled with glue, staples, and nails so you don't have to worry about it.
PRIMED AND PAINTED: Our cypress wood doesn't need to be painted, but it does extend the life of the wood even longer. If you'd like us to prime and paint your bottom board, you can choose this option.