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.
If you’ve got a postal cage – introducing a queen into an established Apidea is easy as falling off a log. Click here for how to use a postal cage to introduce a queen bee to an Apidea
If you haven’t got a postal cage – another simple way of introducing a queen to an Apidea is to make a queen shuttle. Read on:
- Get one of those hair curlers old ladies use;
- Remove the spongy outer layer;
- Cut a lengthways strip out of the slotted plastic core so that when you roll it up again it will make a tube slim enough to fit through the hole in the Apidea crownboard;
- Roll it up again and secure it top and bottom with some strips of duct tape;
- Plug the top with a rolled up strip of foundation and secure it with a slender panel pin – like this:
- If you get the pin as close as possible to the top you should be able to suspend the shuttle either through the crownboard with the flap folded back – or beneath it if you prefer;
- Put queenie in the shuttle and shut her in by closing the entrance with a sheet or two of newspaper and a rubber band;
- The weird light in the photo above indicates the queen is on board and ready for transport – like this batch below;
- Stick the shuttle in thus and – with the flap folded back – replace the lid:
Leave them alone for while to get to know each other.
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