Introducing a Queen to a Colony With a Laying Worker using a Push-In Cage

We often have questions about colonies with laying workers, especially about requeening them. Often, beekeepers end up wasting the queen (and their money) when colonies think their laying workers are good enough.

This video describes a method to slowly introduce the queen using a push-in cage.

Here’s how you can make your own homemade push-in cage. We also sell these via our online shop.

This push-in cage is made from #8 hardware cloth. #8 means 8 wires per inch. This spacing leaves enough room for workers to attend to the queen, but not enough space for bees to get through.

It is called a push-in cage because you push the cage into the comb so it will stay in place on the frame.

 

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