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hi all

was time for me to mark my new queens during inspection this weekend,first mistake i made was marking them by the hives,(next time ill move away a distance and do it) second mistake was droping one of the queens on the floor:banghead:(another reason to do it away from the hive and indoors) but i picked her back up apologised profusely and marked and put her back:coolgleamA:
and while all this was going on i was sweating like a pig as the temp was nearly 26 deg where my hives were.
but i managed it in the end and was pleased to have marked and not killed my first queens:coolgleamA::coolgleamA:
 

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hi all

was time for me to mark my new queens during inspection this weekend,first mistake i made was marking them by the hives,(next time ill move away a distance and do it):

Why was it a mistake?
 

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hi jim
just thought that i should have done them indoors and not by an open hive
 

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Well done.

FWIW I hold them by the wing and walk away some 20 yds or so and clip and mark, which also helps the smell fade from the paint as I walk back and then smoke her before popping her back in.

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Good advice PH,thats just what I do,the same distance as well..
 

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thats interesting ph i just put here back on the frame i found her on never thought of smokin her,did stick around though to check they were ok when i put them back
 

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... and was pleased to have marked and not killed my first queens:coolgleamA::coolgleamA:
That's exactly what I thought last w/e when I marked a newly mated queen in a nuc. Checked yesterday to find 5 QC's in various states of readiness :banghead: The other queens I marked on the same day were all doing fine, but I must have either damaged her or the bees must have taken offence to the white blotch.

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