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Poly Hive 

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Did I?

Not sure I did as I have marked many a virgin.

However I would NOT recommend it for general practice.

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The Germans mark their virgins prior to island mating (very successfully).

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Yes and if they include any drones their bees are sent home again.

If only............. if only we could get it together to do it on our profusion of islands.

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This question was asked at our local club apiary and the answer came back that you should not mark the queens as they make a better target for birds to pick out (swifts and house martins ) on there mating flight
 

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Possibly in theory.

In reality I never found it made any odds.

Another legend?

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