This queen isolator cage gives you control over your queen's location, allowing complex queen manipulations without the hassle of other caging or confinement methods. The cage is made of bars spaced like a queen excluder. Our isolator holds one deep (9-1/8" tall) Langstroth frame and fits inside a deep hive body.
If the queen is inside the cage, she will work to fill the single frame with brood but won't be able to leave.
If the queen is outside the cage, you can prevent her from laying eggs on the isolated frame.
In either case, workers will happily move through the bars to tend to the brood and the specific pheromones of a laying queen continue to keep the colony cohesive, which is not the case when caging her in a standard queen cage.
Be careful to insert and remove the frame GENTLY and SLOWLY if the queen is on it, since she can be killed if she is scraped between the frame and the cage wall.
The cage occupies more space than a single frame, so two frames should be removed to make ample room for it in a deep hive body. One deep frame is inserted into the cage, and the solid cover is placed on top. The cover sits on top of the frame's top bar, and can be removed to give access to the frame without the need to remove the cage itself. Since the top edges of the cage are flush with the sides of our wooden hive bodies, the queen will be perfectly contained. If you are using equipment of different dimensions, you may want to press some spare wax on either side of the top bar to absolutely ensure that the queen cannot leave the cage.