Re: Use of the Queen Excluders?
I used them my first 2 years and I don't use them any more except when raising queens in queenright hives. On rare occasions I'll have a frame or 2 of brood in my supers. Skip those while harvesting and put them back on a hive ASAP when the harvest is done. Otherwise don't worry about it. I do a few supers of comb honey as well. I make sure to put them at the top of the hive above at least 2 supers that are already +80% capped. Knock on wood, never had a queen get into them.
I've helped a newbee this year and he had a package swarm. All new gear, double deep and a super on top. I was very confused I went over there to inspect with him. He had a QE on there and the flow was on. Instead of going through the excluder they backfilled the broodnest. The other hive was about to swarm as well. We stole a couple really good looking capped Q cells along with some brood and stores to make a nuc and lessen the swarm inpulse. We did find the queen but still left behind a capped Q cell in case she still swarmed.
I can't help but think QE are more trouble than they are worth.
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