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Marking a Queen

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There are basically two reasons for which you would like to mark your queens:

1- Sometimes it’s really hard to see the queen in your hive if she is not marked. Marking her will help you find her faster and you will be sure that she is in the frame and not “walking in the garden”

2- Each year the color of the mark changes, so you know exactly how old your queen is.

The queen is marked with a dot of paint on her thorax (the part of the body between the head and the abdomen), and to be able to mark the queen, you will need to use a device that will help you in this task

Below is the International Color Code you can follow to mark your queens

[Insert table with pictures and color here]

Let’s see how to mark the queen using a couple of tools

Using the push in cage

Using a push in marking cage