I've never had it happen in my hives either. The only way I can imagine an excluder being responsible for the loss of a queen would be in winter if the excluder is left on and the cluster moves through it to stores, leaving the queen behind. Then she could freeze or starve. But I cannot imagine any other scenario in which the queen might be damaged by an excluder.
Has anyone had any other experience with a queen being killed or injured by an excluder?
>Recently i heard that "excluders kill queens". Is this a correct statement?
I've only once found a queen stuck in an excluder. She was still alive and I got her to back up and got her out. I've never found a dead queen in an excluder. I see no evidence of queens getting stuck being a common problem.
When i hive a swarm i will put an excluder between the Hive body and the bottom board. I found a dead queen in one of mine one time when I pulled excluder out after a couple days of hiving that swarm. She was probably a virgin queen.
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