Should I use a queen excluder?
Q: Should I use a queen excluder? Brian P.
A: That’s an individual preference. Sure, it keeps the queen from laying in the honey frames, but others feel it slows down bees from easily working those frames, and call it a “honey excluder.”
To minimize that, one recommendation is that you allow the bees to draw out the honey frames prior to using the separator, and then install it. Once the comb is drawn, the bees will be more inclined to travel through the excluder. Keep in mind however, bees read different books than beekeepers do.