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    Default Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    Hello Folk,
    Got what I hope is a simple question. I noticed some of the queen markers are made by Tester. Is there anything I can use beside a $7 tube of marker? How about model car paint.....toxic??? Thanks in advance from unknowledgeable newbie.
    Steve Glass

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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    I go to Wal-mart and buy paint markers in the arts and craft section. They have worked well for me and are cheep.
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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    I buy testor's model paint. The little bottles that are a couple of dollars. I use a piece of grass with as small a circular stem as I can find as an applicator.
    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildeman View Post
    I go to Wal-mart and buy paint markers in the arts and craft section. They have worked well for me and are cheep.
    I mark hundreds of queens a year with these.

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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    Thank you

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    I like the paint bottles better than the markers anyway. I once 'primed' a marker for use then laid it down on the tailgate of my truck while I went and caught my queen. Little did I realize that lying there in the sun a bit of pressure built up in the marker. When I touched it to her thorax, a huge puddle of pain blurped all over her, coating about half of her body. Ruined a great queen - lesson learned.
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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    I use finger nail polish.
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    Thank you

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    The old typewriter White out -- you can get it a couple of colors if you look. It's low volatile and incredibly fast drying. I use a grass stem for an applicator. The "White Out" company must feel like the Buggy Whip manufacturer, but its still on the shelf surprisingly.

    Most important advice, practice on at least 100 drones before you touch your queen.

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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    I buy the Testor's enamel pens at the hardware store. Could be the same as the ones you're seeing.

    >Most important advice, practice on at least 100 drones before you touch your queen.

    Definitely.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    Pinch them after you mark them or they will haunt you on the frames even if you use a non current colour! It has been suggested to use the head of a finishing nail or something 3 /32" diameter or a bit smaller, to transfer an even amount of paint to the queen. Put a bit of your marker paint on plastic or wood with the pen or brush and barely touch the nail head to the paint, then to the queen. It is an extra move but prevents those oops! blobs. The nail gives better visibility and control.

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    >Pinch them after you mark them or they will haunt you on the frames

    I just use the non current color on the drones (next year's color is best) and you get a lesson in how much drones drift.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    Thank you. Like shooting skeet, hitting a moving target. First time luck, ability to repeat-talent.

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    Thank you.....great idea.

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    > hitting a moving target

    Well, when it comes to a queen, she should be held quite still... not moving...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I notice it helps considerably to know where her breathing tubes terminate on the thorax. Don't paint these! Look in The Hive and the Honeybee, most recent edition for a photo micrograph.

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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    Thank you.

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    metaphorically speaking only:>

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    Default Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    At the bee club meeting last week somebody had a big poster of a queen who had so much red paint, I thought they used a roller on her.

    Does anybody have experience with the numbered discs? I'm looking for a good way to hold her down while gluing the disc in place. I found it works to have a queen marking plunger made of that blue plastic, but one little bar of the screen has been cut out. I can't rely on getting her to line up with that spot, but when she does, it's easy.

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