Anybody use a queen excluder on the bottom of the hive when they introduce a new package??
I installed a package in early April...no flow going yet at the time, did not use an excluder, and all is well.. I have another package coming next week..(late due to weather in TN). I have heard that if you install a new package on foundation when there is a major flow going on, which there is here right now, your bees are much more likely to abscend because they don't "need" to stay and drink your syrup because of the flow. Which brings me to the excluder question. Mostly I am concerned because after I install them I will be out of town for a few days and would be really sick if I came home to an empty hive.
Anybody done this? or have any thoughts?? I realize that the drones won't be able to come or go either, and it should be only on for about a week, just to get the bees settled...
Thanks in advance for your thoughts/ experiences!