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  Wednesday, 06 April 2022
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Having watched the Winter Meeting I wanted to make a comment concerning the use of Queen Excluders (aka Honey Excluders).
First of all, I use Queen Excluders. I prefer the metal ones. The cheaper plastic ones seem to have a tendency to tear up the bees wings. The round bars of the metal work better.
The point I would like to make is that drilling a 1/2 or 5/8 hole in a honey super will be used as a top entrance, to some extent, and the excluder below will not have much bearing on the "honey production". If several supers are on only one needs to have a hole drilled. The holes can always be covered with tape or a plug if no longer needed.
I do not like brood in my supers. Takes too long for it to hatch out etc. and is also taking up honey space.
I hope this helps. Peter.
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