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Ive been loking into getting a large sheet of fabricated metal,, to use as queen excluders, What kind,,sizes do you use? They sent me a sample of perforated metal,, though its the correct size holes,, I think there would be ALOT of wear on the girls.
-- Stan (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 29, 2001
Stan, I've seen those excluders, but didn't like the looks of them. Are you going for comb honey? Usually, unless you're crowding your bees, or have a very productive queen, I just use two deep supers for the brood chamber. There is another model of excluder that I have used. It has a wooden frame, with round metal rods running through the middle. I've only seen it fail once, when a very young queen got above it, and then had to stay. It is not stressful for your girls either.
-- Judy (email@example.com), July 30, 2001.
If you want comb honey, try a top bar hive. I've got links to plans for them if you want 'em.
-- Sojourner (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 31, 2001.