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  1. #1
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    Default Queen Excluder Beheadings

    We opened up our best hive yesterday and found many decapitated bees on top of the excluder. Never noticed this before - is this common? We removed the excluder and we're going to try it that way for a while and see if we have any brood problems.
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    Probably trapped drones.

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    Where exactly in the hive configuration are you placing the excluder?

    Joe
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    We put it between the wintering super and the spring super
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    I'll go with Ross then on this. Probably trapped drones.

    Perhaps the drone brood was on the side opposite the entrance, OR opposite to emitting light, which attracted the drones to exit by attempting the route outside through the excluder.

    Strange that this would happen. But be sure that the excluder is not blocking free flight of a virgin queen that wishes to exit the colony, the same would happen to the queen and this would be catastrophic.

    Joe

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    Which excluder were you using? If you are using the plastic ones I have had nothing but troubles with those. I changed to metal ones and they are much better. What was happening was with the non small cell bees were to big to fit through it and were getting caught. And once I changed to metal ones no longer had that problem.

    Angi

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    Metal.

    We are going to try and run without them for a while and see if our bees cooperate.
    No matter where you go, there you are.

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