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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I like marking my queens. That topic is not up for debate or discussion. I'm looking for suggestions for a long-lasting paint, something that will last three seasons. I'm currently using Testor's paint from the hobby store. It is often chewed or worn off. At a recent conference, Elmer's...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    At one time I heard a neat mnemonic that helped remember the queen color code which went something like When You Requeen, .... Which taught me the color orders were White, Yellow, Red, and then... I now have memorized Green then Blue but was wondering if anyone remembers the rest of the saying...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hi everyone, I have 6 nucs that I'm going to try overwintering this year. Made them up in mid-July, let them produce their own queens and they've all been building up really nicely since then. Most are 2-stories high at this point (5 over 5 configuration). Well, last Saturday I decided to...
  4. Bee Forum
    I was working a new hive that I started from a nuc last week. Found the queen off that bat and thought that I would go ahead and mark her. She dropped off the frame, and bounced on to the ground. I located her and had her walk on to the hive tool so I could put her back in the hive. She flew...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    A bit of information I picked up online. Everyone may already know this, but I figured it didn't hurt to pass it along anyway. The colorful spot you sometimes see on a queen’s thorax is actually a code. The color denotes the year of the queen’s birth. So with a just a quick look, you can tell...
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    My local beekeeping mavens have recommended against the use of oil-based queen marking pens (like the Testors) Some of the bee supply folks sell Uni Posca brand of water-based paint markers: My local art supply store carries these: Marvy Garden Craft terracotta paint marker Does anybody have...
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