#1
Open the hive
and find the
queen

#2
Pull the frame
with the queen
out of the hive
#3
Come up behind
the queen and
catch her by the
wings
#4
Take a small stick that
is flat on the end
(like a wooden match
stick) and dip it in
model paint or
fingernail polish
and put a spot on the
queens thorax
Being careful not to
get paint on
her eyes and wings
#5
Hold the queen for a
little while until the
paint dries.  
If you release her
too soon into the
hive the bees will
not recognize her
pheromone
#6
Wait for the bees to
accept her
Then slip the frame
back into the hive

All done!  Queen
marked!
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for a larger
imag
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Queen Marking with Vice President Tom Elliott
Any color of paint can be used for marking your queens.  

Commercial beekeepers use a color code for each year:

Years Ending in:

1 or 6 - White
2 or 7 - Yellow
3 or 8 - Red
4 or 9 - Green
5 or 0 - Blue
What!          1 or 6 - White
You             2 or 7 - Yellow
Raise          3 or 8 - Red
Green         4 or 9 - Green
Bees?!        5 or 0 - Blue       x
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