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Queen excluder placement


I want to install a home-made queen excluder in by top bar hive. How far in from the entrance should I put it?


I’d start the colony with 10-12 bars of space, and then as they grow you can continue expanding that a bit. Sometimes the queen needs to lay more than half the length of the hive, depending on her strength, so trapping her in a smaller space can be detrimental.