I installed 9 frame separator bars/brackets in all of my brood nest boxes. This allows for a little extra room between frames and a bit better ventilation. Even still, it is best to start with the outside frame or frame that has not yet been drawn out in comb and remove it first, then you can much more easily move the other frames over and up for inspection. NEVER use force to pull a frame from the brood nest. Sometimes when all of the frames are drawn out in comb, you find that you have to remove 2 frames at the same time to prevent crushing comb. In short, do what you have to do to very gently remove each frame for inspection.I think I might have killed one of my queens while doing a hive inspection a few weeks ago. So what should I do to avoid doing it again.
That is a great idea. I am going to have to use that one for sure. Thanks for the input.A habit that I've gotten into when inspecting to safeguard my queen(s) is to catch her in a queen clip whenever I see her and put her in my pocket. I then complete my inspection, put everything back together, and then release her back into the hive through the hole in the inner cover, or between top bars. That way I know I left the hive with a live queen!:thumbsup: