What do folks do to keep this queen-trapping from happening? Aside from those who eschew the excluder, that is. Two stacks when you're moving down the hive? I've been placing the outer cover upside down, and then rebuilding the hive upside down, alternating directions on the boxes, as I go through first the supers and then the deeps. My guess is she was in the top deep on the bottom part of a frame, fled the light down into a honey super below while I was working on frames in the brood chamber, and I trapped her there when I re-assembled the hive.
Any tricks to prevent this? One could use the excluder in the stack I suppose; I've been just leaning it aside to scrape burr from it. Or maybe bring along an inner cover or extra bottom board for seperate stacks?
Oh, and thoughts on feeding? Their stores are good (full deep, oof), but I've heard that simulating a nectar flow (1:1) will increase acceptance.
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