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Ewok 

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Another Newbie question -

Just when should you mark new queens? The first time you see them? After mating? After they start laying?

Just that my wife & I have marked 3 queens recently (the first time we saw them) & then started wondering if it would have been better waiting for a couple of weeks untill they had started laying & then clipping her at the same time.
 

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Yes wait till they are laying before you mark or clip.

Otherwise they wont be able to get mated.
 

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mark or clip

Definitely the second needs to be done later! But no, I would not even think about disturbing a virgin queen if at all possible, let alone marking her. For a start she needs to be un-noticed by aerial predators while outside the hive! Do both at the same time when she is well into lay.

Regards, RAB
 

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WOW 3 beekeepers recomending the same thing has to be a record lol:cheers2:
 

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Thanks all, We'll keep the marker pen for later.
 

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