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Michael Bush
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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2008, 08:24:29 PM »

Beeworks has the "crown of thorns" device for marking.

I like the queen muff from Brushy Mt.  Very good insurance.

I don't clip them generally.  Occasionally I'll clip a breeder just so if her mark wears off I can still tell if it's the original queen.

They will swarm with or without the clipped queen.  They will just leave with the first virgin out.
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2008, 02:51:13 PM »

    Why doesn't the original queen kill the virgin queens ? I have always read that the first virgin queen to hatch kills the unhatched virgins . I thought the original queen & the swarm left before the virgin queens hatched .
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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2008, 06:17:16 PM »

>Why doesn't the original queen kill the virgin queens ?

Laying queens don't try to kill anyone.

> I have always read that the first virgin queen to hatch kills the unhatched virgins .

Yes.  Virgins try to kill virgins.  They don't try to kill laying queens and laying queens don't try to kill anyone.

> I thought the original queen & the swarm left before the virgin queens hatched .

Usually, but not if the old queen is clipped.
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