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  1. #1
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    Default Will virgins fit through excluders?

    I've got a queen excluder on top of 2 deeps full of bees. They just requeened themselves after I split them by taking the original queen. If I were to go looking for her should I check the super? Could she have fit through?
    I know I can just wait an see where eggs are located in 2 weeks but I am just curious about this.

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    Default Re: Will virgins fit through excluders?

    Yes they can!

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    Default Re: Will virgins fit through excluders?

    It is the thorax that doesn't fit through the excluder, so in theory no. But anything is possible.

    Why do you have an excluder at all? Not necessary in normal operation. Useful in locating queen though.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Will virgins fit through excluders?

    A virgin can go through an excluder. After she's mated and has started to lay, she will no longer fit through.

    Wisnewbee
    Honey Luv Farm

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    Default Re: Will virgins fit through excluders?

    I think most any queen can get through if they really want to, although I have found one stuck halfway through before... it's their thorax that usually makes it too hard to be worth the trouble though, and that doesn't change in size.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Will virgins fit through excluders?

    She can get through but it is rare.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Will virgins fit through excluders?

    Like Mike, I have found virgins caught in the excluder.

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