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  1. #1
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    Default Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    I was marking my new Italian Queen yesterday and had to much of a glop of paint on the tip of the marker and covered her back and part of her head. I thought about ordering another queen just to be safe but do you think she will be alright? I checked her today and she seems normal.


  2. #2
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    Default Re: Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    Mike, I would just inspect the hive for several weeks to make sure that she is not rejected however she will probably be ok, in the future you shouldn't have any problems finding her ......Bill

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    She didn't make it

    On todays weekly inspection I couldn't find the queen and there were about a dozen capped queen cells. Oh well....lesson learned


  4. #4
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    Default Re: Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    Look like good cells. Cheap way to re-queen.

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    Default Re: Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    Good way to take care of your varroa mites for a year too! Unintentional IPM is IPM nonetheless!

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    Yeah, that happens. You can get paint on her thorax, her abdomen, her wings, but never on her head.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    I have one of my own reared queens where I made a similar mistake but luckily missed her head. She has a yellow thorax, half yellow wings and a partly yellow abdomen. I have changed how I mark them now.

    My sons have named her "The School Bus".
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Marked Queen, should I be worried?

    I've done that. Turned out fine but you should check every so often to be sure. For me, the paint near the head kind of disappeared after a few weeks and she looked "almost" like a regular marked queen after that.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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