Ratings & Reviews
Conflict in description & Concern about balling
a) The description needs to be fixed.
<br>The description says the attendants will release her and then says to pull the cork on the non-candy end.
<br>Pulling the cork on the candy end defeats the quick release and scent distribution of this cage.
<br>Pulling the cork on the non-candy end means the attendants do not release her.
<br>b) I am concerned that there is no way to stop balling inside the cage.
<br>With a normal release I let the queen walk onto the frame and 'watch'.If the bees begin balling the queen, I can put her back int he cage and wait another day or two.
<br>With this cage once you open the door, the attendants and foragers will rush inside and there would be no way to stop balling.
Great product, easy to use.
Some of the best inventions are simple in design. I took out the cork and put the queen cage in the frame and held it in place with two rubber bands. She had two attendants already with her. In three days she was accepted. The first queen I tried WITHOUT the requeening frame had been killed. I recommend this for early spring splits, etc where you cannot wait for the hive to make a new queen.
The solution to taming "hot" hives!
by Rorie W
These are great for introducing new queens to fiesty hives. I install the queen into the frame, and place the frame into the center area of the brood chamber. I leave it in place for a full five days before releasing the queen, which is done by simply opening the metal latch door at the top of the frame. The queen will venture out in her own time, and acceptance has been good. Of course you'll want to destroy all queen cells first before you install the requeening frame, and I find it helps to check again two or three days later and destroy any new queen cells that are in progress. If there are new ones, check again in another two or three days. Make sure there are no queen cells and that there have not been any for five days before releasing the queen. If you're entire bee yard has gone "hot," requeen all hives at the same time. The goal is to eliminate queens and drones with aggressive genes.