Warré hive floor change using a Gatineau lift
Hive lifted with Gatineau lift with forks under the handles of the lower hive-body box. No smoke was used for this operation which takes 2-3 minutes.
An open mesh floor with a tray underneath, greased to catch Varroa, is inserted in place of the old floor in order to monitor Varroa drop for about a week.
New floor inserted, old removed.
Hive lowered on to new floor. Bee traffic continues as if nothing happened.
Floor debris from two hives. On the right is the beginnings of a propolis screen. On two hives, the bees found the 22 mm (7/8 inch) high entrance too wide and began to restrict it with propolis. These floors will be modified to restrict the entrance height to 15 mm.
David Heaf's bee index
Towards Sustainable Beekeeping