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little john
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« on: November 16, 2012, 08:01:30 AM »

I see there are a huge variety of Mating NUC entrance disks for sale - Dave Cushman's site shows quite a few examples.

But I just don't get them.  I understand the 'lots of fine holes' for 'Closed - with Ventilation', and I understand 'Fully Open' - but why the intermediate settings ? Why, in particular, is there any need for a Queen Excluder option ? Surely she's either confined (along with the rest) - free to fly (along with the rest), or quite happy laying eggs with the door wide open ...

What am I missing ?

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012, 09:10:57 AM »

I use them (metal ones from W.T. Kelly) quite often during removals. If you don't find the queen to cage her for a few days but are pretty sure she's in the box, just set it to excluder and let the bees orient to the new location. They're also great for shook swarms.

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 12:32:10 PM »

Hi Scott - ah, so it's a multi-purpose thing.  Thanks.

I was planning on just putting a virgin in the box along with a cup-full of bees - close 'em up for 3 days, and then let 'em fly and let nature take it's course. Then check in a week to see if she's been successful. So maybe I don't even need a disk ?

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012, 10:39:50 PM »

I use a piece of cut plastic queen excluder for the same purposes.  A little square of #8 hardware cloth stapled to the entrance of a nuc box for the ride home with a swarm catch, then the queen excluder over the entrance once I get the ladies to my bee yard.
I've never purchased the disks.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2012, 12:39:15 PM »

A very good reason for the "queen excluder" disc opening on a mating nuc isn't to keep a newly mated queen in, but to keep one of her confused neighbors returning to the wrong nuc out.

If a returning virgin or mating queen gets lost and enters the wrong nuc, either she or the resident queen will be killed.

Not only does this mean losing a queen, but if the invader lives and the resident dies and there is a selection process going on with good record keeping, those records become corrupted b/c the record keeper thinks the new queen came from the genetic line of the dead one
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