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Slatted racks were first developed in 1900 by C.C. Miller, author of the classic, Fifty Years Among the Bees. They were refined in 1950 by Carl Killion, who wrote the bible on raising comb honey, Honey in the Comb. We learned about them from John Brant, one of the few successful commercial beekeepers in N.Y.’s cold Adirondack Mountain region. John swears they are absolutely essential to good wintering and swarm control in the North.
Use for better wintering and swarm control. A Slatted Rack is installed, as pictured, between the bottom board and the bottom brood chamber. In the winter, it keeps the brood chamber warmer so the queen can lay right to the bottom of the frame. In the spring and summer, when hive populations are at their largest, it provides a cluster space in the hive which can reduce swarming. Available for 8, 9 (for those who run 9 frames in a 10 frame hive) or 10 Frame Hives. Slats run perpendicular to the entrance. Fully assembled.
Note 1: Our slatted rack can be used in combination with our Varroa screens. The slats run from back to front so that they are directly under the hive body frames. That way when the Varroa mites fall naturally off the bees, they fall through the slats and through the Varroa screen.
Note 2: Install the Slatted Rack as pictured above. DO NOT turn over when installing in your hive.
20" L X 17" W X 2.125" H (For 10 and 9 frame hives)
20" L X 14" W X 2.125" H (For 8 frame hives)
Date Introduced by Betterbee, Inc.: 9/1/1979
Item Color: Natural Wood
The quality control on these slatted racks and bottom boards is exceptional.