Can someone clue me in on the pros and cons of a screened bottom on a top bar hive? I suppose one pro is ventilation in the summer. Is there a con for summer use? And I suppose a con in the winter is more draft in a cold climate, so can you totally close it off from the outside or something without removing all the bars with comb hung on them?
I have a top bar hive with a solid bottom and made it through a Kansas summer by opening two holes and providing late afternoon shade but I did have a lot of bearding on the real hot days. I’m wondering about getting a screened bottom for my second hive.