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Here's the perfect tool for easy queen rearing and so much more! A special thanks to Dann Purvis for his help in the design. The next time you see a queen cell on a frame of brood, just place the whole frame in here together with a frame of honey or a feeder...come back 2-3 weeks later and find your mated queen! Remove the queen from your best hive and when cells are ready place in queen castle. It's a standard-size hive body with dividers and a special bottom board and inner covers. (You'll also need a telscoping top, SOLD SEPARATELY.) Insert the dividers to yield four 2-frame nucs, leave just the middle divider to yield two 5-frame nucs. The bottom board provides an entrance on all 4 sides and ventilation from below to help each nuc maintain temperature. The hive body must be assembled and nails are included.
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This Queen Castle is so fun to watch. I put two frames from my strongest hive the queen has a good laying pattern and come back six weeks to harvest a queen or a two-frame nucleus to place into a five-frame NUC. This is my favorite way to build a new colony of bees. Spare Queens and Spare Bees is the best insurance ever; I run two of these now, so I keep spares for my beekeeping friends as well.
- Barry, GA
awesome product this really works
Tried this for queen rearing and mating. Works like a charm . A lot easier to control queen rearing and splits
- michael mcelroy, TX
mating nuc delight
small entrance easily controlled in order to keep the virgin in for a few days;can put thick syrup on the bottom if im desperate and finally the 3 in one mating box with standard frames
keeps it simple and if I have to can put another on top for 2-story over wintering of a 6-frame nuc....Only negative... heavy and the top and bottom have to be locked together with staples to move easily