Mostly Apideas are used to rear queens from queen cells. However, there are occasions when you may want to introduce a laying queen or a virgin into an established Apidea.
Here’s a simple introduction method:
- You’ll need one of the flat plastic postal cages;
- Plug the gate with candy if you are using candy;
- An alternative is to enclose the open end (after you have added the queen) in a couple of layers of newspaper – smear with a little honey and secure with an elastic band;
- Make sure you remove the plastic gateway if it is a new cage;
- Add in your queen – on her own – no escort;
- Remove the red plastic ventilation grille from the front panel of your Apidea;
- Slide the door panel up to the top so it covers the gap left by the grille;
- There is now a nice size cavity between the door panel and the first frame;
- Add your queen cage into it thus:
- Replace the crown-board and roof;
- Put the ventilation grille somewhere safe;
- Leave for a few days
If you haven’t got a postal cage you could use a queen shuttle. Click here for how to make an Apidea Shuttle
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