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Plastic Cell Cups each
Our Price: $0.50

Attach with beeswax to the cell bar and graft directly into them.  They need no wax coating but run your penknife around the rim to give the bees a sharp, but smooth edge to build on to.  Acceptability very good.
Plastic Cell Cups pack 10
Our Price: $3.60

Attach with beeswax to the cell bar and graft directly into them.  They need no wax coating but run your penknife around the rim to give the bees a sharp, but smooth edge to build on to.  Acceptability very good.
Plastic Cell Cups per 100
Our Price: $23.60

Attach with beeswax to the cell bar and graft directly into them.  They need no wax coating but run your penknife around the rim to give the bees a sharp, but smooth edge to build on to.  Acceptability very good.
Simple Grafting Tool
Our Price: $8.60

Transfer eggs quickly and simply. Slide the tip down the side of the cell far enough for the flexible part to slide under the egg and scoop it up.  Place the egg in position in the new cell and push the top so the wooden tip pushes the egg off the flexible tip. Keep the tool clean for good performance and longer life.
Cell Protector
Our Price: $3.40

Cone of coiled wire open at the smaller end.  Bees usually tear a queen cell down from the side and a cell protector will prevent this, but still allow the hatched queen to escape.  It fits closely around the cell to allow the bees to cluster and keep the  cell warm
Spiral Nursery Cage
Our Price: $4.20

A cone of coiled wire, longer than a cell protector which is placed over a queen cell so the newly hatched queen cannot escape.  The bees clean and feed the queen through the wire, or food can be placed in the back end of a plastic cell cup which fits over the tight coils at the smaller end.  Replace the plastic cell cup with a small plug of candy and use as an introducing cage if you wish.
Plastic Queen Cages each
Our Price: $0.95

These have become the preferred style of cage. To put the queen in for transport. Fill the spout with queen candy. Gently, very gently, put the queen into the cage, partially cover the opening so she cannot escape and pop in a few workers, close the main part of the opening and then the small bit. Cage is then ready for transport.

To use this cage to introduce a queen into her new hive. Firstly, kill the existing queen and wait 24 hours. This makes sure the colony realizes they are queen less but does not give them time to do anything about it. Now push a fine toothpick through the queen candy and place the cage with the spout upwards in between 2 frames in the brood area. The bees can see and smell and care for the queen but until they have eaten away the candy they cannot harm her. Once the candy has been eaten away and the queen is free to enter the hive the bees have enough of her pheromone in the hive for the queen to be accepted. The spout up placement means that if any of the accompanying workers dies in the cage the body does not block the way out for the queen and the other workers.
Plastic Queen cages per 100
Our Price: $80.30

These have become the preferred style of cage. To put the queen in for transport. Fill the spout with queen candy. Gently, very gently, put the queen into the cage, partially cover the opening so she cannot escape and pop in a few workers, close the main part of the opening and then the small bit. Cage is then ready for transport.

To use this cage to introduce a queen into her new hive. Firstly, kill the existing queen and wait 24 hours. This makes sure the colony realizes they are queen less but does not give them time to do anything about it. Now push a fine toothpick through the queen candy and place the cage with the spout upwards in between 2 frames in the brood area. The bees can see and smell and care for the queen but until they have eaten away the candy they cannot harm her. Once the candy has been eaten away and the queen is free to enter the hive the bees have enough of her pheromone in the hive for the queen to be accepted. The spout up placement means that if any of the accompanying workers dies in the cage the body does not block the way out for the queen and the other workers.
Porter Bee Escape
Our Price: $8.00

A small device containing strips of light metal placed so as to allow the bees to pass through, but not return.  Use in clearer boards or the top of a window in your extracting room to encourage the odd bee back outside.
Queen Catcher
Our Price: $18.75

An ingenious gadget to enable you to pick up the queen without touching her.  Squeeze the handles together and the jaws open. Close the jaws over the queen and adjacent bees.  The workers escape through the slits but the queen is caught. To release the queen open the jaws about 1 cm and with your finger block the opening except for about 1 cm at one end. Blow into the catcher and the queen will run through the hole so you can put her exactly where you wish her to go.