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  1. #1
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    Default JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    Ok experienced queen breeders...pros and cons of each queen cage? JZBZ versus the Benton, which is better and why?
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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    California mini cages because the fit between frames with all frames in.

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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    Quote Originally Posted by RAK View Post
    California mini cages because the fit between frames with all frames in.
    Have not found a Payson cage that would not do the same and they BARELY mess up the bee-space while doing so. Wish they would go back to using the plastic they had a bit back though.

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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    > JZBZ versus the Benton

    JZBZ because the bees can't damage the queens feet.
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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    Duplicate
    Last edited by jim lyon; 04-10-2014 at 07:48 AM.
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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    JZBZ hands down. Can be placed flat between two frames while still allowing bees access through the side holes. No screen to accidentally peel off. Which one would you want to put in your shirt pocket? The queens can be a bit difficult to observe, though.
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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    One more vote for JZBZ cages. They fit nicely between frames.

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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    candy tubes are easy to fill also. Order caps,they don`t come with them. Duh, lesson learned......... Pete,N3SKI

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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    Depends upon what I'm using the cage for. Requeening, then JZBZ for sure. If holding virgins, or emerging queens from cells into cages, then CA mini cages.
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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    I like Koehnen's 3 hole cage with the curved top. No stapling. I don't like plastic.

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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    I like Koehnen's 3 hole cage with the curved top. No stapling. I don't like plastic.
    I got a queen in one of those and wondered where to get them. The lots of 1250 are just a little bigger than what I will need any time soon!

    Tom

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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    The jzbz also has a pheromone added.
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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    I vote with Astrobee.

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    Default Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    For shipping and installing queensiI like the jzbz. For hatching virgins in the incubator I use the California minis. Some folks I sell to want the 3 hole cages because they feel the jzbzs are to small for the queen and attendants, but I have never found that to be the case.

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