Re: Soaked the queen in paint
Marking has it's benefits. Do you need any of them? If not then why mark? Easier to spot can be remidied by getting better at lookign for them. Maybe not as good of an answer but it does work to some degree. Ability to confirm queens have bee replaced. Knowing the age of the queen. I can count to two and I seldom think a queen get past that. O do think it woudl be helpful ln anticipating how the queen may perform though. if you are hoping for a real boon in brood but have a first year recently mated queen. you may be inspired to rethink your expectation not like expectation will alter the inevitable either way. But you may choose to not blow your entire allowance on that extractor just yet.
Other option. If you really need to mark queens. do it right and spring for those number discs. that way you not only track a queen you track that queen.
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