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Discussion in 'Raising Queens' started by efmesch, Mar 20, 2012.
Can a virgin queen get through an excluder?
Some can. I have had mated queens that had slimmed down to swarm get through.
I have seen it happen also!!
I have seen it once.
I have always understood that it was possible.
Yes, my last year's newly mated Buckfast queens were so small, they could go through excluder. Later they fattened up.
They can but rarely do, i have seen the workers chase them away on the frames just like they were another worker bee. They don't get much respect until they are bred and putting off a pheromone. Jack