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Bought some used equipment from a reputable beekeeper (irradiated, etc.) and this is what the queen excluder looked like:



It is wood-rimmed, but has wooden slats in between the wire passageways. I've never seen an excluder like this (in my extensive 2 years as a beekeeper).

It looks like it would reduce the available passageways with the wood slats.

Anyone use these types? Comments?

Thanks - Steven
 

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They were quite common/popular about two decades ago, and before. I still have two of them. I find that they work well, but are somewhat more difficult to clean (I clean the all wire ones with a propane torch).
 

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Yep...we run bunches of those. Not sure where they came (ie who made them) but seems they have been around for generations. They seems to work well...just a bit heavy.
 

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I had some of those that I got back in the 70's, probably through the Sears Farm Catalog. They worked as well as any other excluder that I've used since, so if someone stopped making them, it wasn't because they didn't work.

Not really sure what added benefit the slats offered. They lined up vertically with the frames in a ten frame box, so bees traveling upward were not blocked by the slats. If your bees aren't crossing this excluder, I'm guessing they wouldn't be crossing any excluder. Some bees are just like that, which is why I don't use an excluder any more except when doing a split or I need to confine the queen, like for cell building.

Wayne
 
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