Re: queen castle placement
My QC are a deep divided 3 ways with a ½” (small) entry hole. There is a screen along the rear to cover medium sized holes (1.5” I think). The small holes make them defendable, the screen cover along the top rear confuse robbers. I place mine directly on the stand in full sun and it is painted ‘smoke screen blue’. After I get mated queens I move the outer two to nucs above the QC and leave the sections open. I then move the nucs and move the center two to side by side nucs. Are you using the nuc for your queen castles?
Keep in mind this advice is from somebody in Oregon where we get ten 90 degree days a year and we do not have SHB’s.
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