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randydrivesabus
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« on: January 06, 2008, 11:08:47 AM »

I don't own one of these but since I have trouble finding the queen I think I could use one to seperate her from the workers if I'm doing a split. I've never seen what one looks like(the excluder not the queen)but I imagine that its like an inner cover with hardware cloth inside the frame instead of plywood. What size hardware cloth will workers fit through but not the queen? #6? or should I just buy one? I like building my own stuff. Are plastic ones better than wooden ones?
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2008, 11:13:37 AM »

Up here in the great white north the metal ones are $12 the plastic ones around $5.They sort of look like the old refridgerator racks but much tighter grill.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2008, 11:16:38 AM »

By the way, are you a transit driver? just wondering cause I was for 11 years.
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008, 11:21:22 AM »

school bus.
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2008, 11:24:48 AM »

Randy, that is a good question.  I googled queen excluders (I looked through Michael's site, but nothing jumped out at me) and found this site that offers lots of information on the Q.E.  Good luck, have a fantastic day.  Cindi

http://website.lineone.net/~dave.cushman/excludertypes.html
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2008, 11:30:15 AM »

Hey Randy, I also drive a school bus.

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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2008, 11:35:41 AM »

School bus driver,hmmm, summers off,........good fit!
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2008, 02:28:39 PM »

Usually you buy an excluder.  It needs great precision to work at it's best.  If you are too poor or too cheap to buy one, #5 hardware cloth will work, but is harder on the bees than a real excluder.

If you only need a temporary one, the plastic ones are cheap.  If you want a permanant one, I like the wood bound ones the best.
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2008, 08:31:05 AM »

Micheal...  You don't normally use excluders do you..? 
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008, 06:45:34 AM »

>You don't normally use excluders do you..?

Not on a normal production hive.  During queen rearing I always have a couple of hives with them.  The breeder hive has one so I can easily find and confine the queen to the Jenter box.  The finisher hives often have one so I can have a queenright finisher.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#excluders
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