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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Pendleton County, Kentucky, USA
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    64

    Default Re: Which queen excluder to get?

    I am a first year beekeeper, so my opinion may not be worth a lump of coal. But, I started in April with one hive, after having caught a wild swarm. I had planned on ordering one when I got a package of bees lined up. So, I ended up with a swarm instead, and when I tried to order an excluder, everyone was out of stock.

    So, my bees filled their hive body plus two supers, which we extracted, and then refilled a super. The queen never laid in the supers at all. She seems to stay down where she is "supposed" to, and lets the workers keep filling the top with honey.

    As of now, my opinion is that for me, they aren't needed. I reserve the right to change my opinion at a later date though LOL.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Manitoba Canada
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    Default Re: Which queen excluder to get?

    I like the metal bound, but the plastic is cheaper and works very well. Plastic is lighter to transport but the plastic will stick to your boxes where as the metal bound are easier to snap off.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  3. #23
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Spokane, Washington, USA
    Posts
    712

    Default Re: Which queen excluder to get?

    Some queens will go up while others won't. Typically if you don't use an excluder there will at least be drone brood in the supers.

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