Should I have my queen’s wing clipped?

Q: Should I have my queen’s wing clipped?


A: That’s a beekeeper preference issue, but Kelley’s doesn’t recommend it. And, starting in 2013, we no longer offer it as an option. This anti-swarm measure isn’t recommended because it is possible the bees may perceive the queen as damaged and may try to supersede her. When bees go into swarm mode they will swarm regardless if it is with the old queen and may swarm with the recently mated virgin. There are much better methods of swarm prevention.

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