Re: Marking Queens
I mark all my queens (well I try to be on it ). It's helpful especially for a newbie while your queen-finding radar is developing. However it can be a little intimidating for the new beek too: you REALLY don't want to injure her. Your book and mentor can show you the drill, or look on YouTube. Practice on drones.
Or don't mark, it's easy! Your colony won't swarm the first season so you'll know it's your queen still in there (most likely, they could supercede).
Bees, brews and fun
in Lyons, CO