I discovered Country Rube’s screened bottom boards in May while doing research on all the ancillary ways I could practice sustainable beekeeping.
After watching this YouTube video demonstration and reading some reviews on the site, I decided it would be worth it to spend the extra money and start out on the right foot. I’m a big believer that it’s less expensive in the long run to start with quality products.
On May 21, 2013, I spoke with Janet Brisson, one of the owners of Country Rube’s Farms, about which type of combo screened bottom board I would need.
And then I placed an order for two of the combo deep screened bottom boards and two small hive beetle deep trays. I also ordered one robbing screen. Total order price came to $166.80, including the $30.80 for shipping.
The combo deep screen bottom boards were $43 and $41 at the time of my order. I got one with a gridded observation board and one with plain white, if I decide to use the observation boards for monitoring varroa.
It didn’t take me long to discover that it’s expensive to ship beekeeping equipment, but less of the total order cost will go to shipping when the order is larger, rather than smaller. In order words, it costs nearly as much to ship one of the combo screened bottom boards as it does to ship two. And adding items like the robbing screen and small hive beetle trays don’t measurably increase the total shipping cost of your order.
I’ll report back later after the bottom boards come in and I get them installed on the hives.