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We had a situation a few weeks back where we found a colony with multiple Queen Cells, so I figured there must be a better way to deal with this, rather than having to use multiple boxes. Or worse still running out of boxes and lose these valuable new queens.
A bit of googling we discovered the Queen Castle. The queen castle is a full sized box, split into four separate sections. Each section has its own entrance and is effectively a separate colony. The theory is that you place a queen cell with brood and a frame of honey in each section.
You then wait for the queen to hatch and mate, once she starts laying eggs, you move her to a larger hive or Nuc box. It all sounds great, lets see how it works.
Having all the colonies in the same box, gives them all heat from each other.
I also made the box walls very thick to provide extra insulation for them. The walls are around 25mm thick. Each section is divided by a thin piece of wood, to avoid the newly hatched queen killing all the other unhatched ones.
I painted each side very differently to make it easier for the returning queens to go into the correct entrance, it’s an experiment I will tell you how we get on with it in the coming weeks.
Have you ever used a Queen Castle
How did you find it, any tips for a beginner Queen Castle user?