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Open the hive
and find the

Pull the frame
with the queen
out of the hive
Come up
behind the
queen and
catch her by
the wings
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 wing
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
Wait for the bees
to accept her
Then slip the
frame back into
the hive

All done!  Queen
Queen Marking with 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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