Iv'e been trying to get a supplier to import these.
It would be easy to model, but something like this seems within the abilities of most beekeepers:Somebody got time to play with their 3D printer, you could make something like that pretty quickly.
Well, the answer is pretty simple: Use plastic queen excluder instead of the metal screen.Unsure how and if the free in/out bee access is important.
However, the people in the practical know do use the queen excluder.
I want to think it took some practical trials to select the best solution.
Purhaps the physical contact of the bees and the queen is imporant - so to distribute the queen-is-here pheromon around the colony better.
Do you want fast, easy, cheap? Pick two. So far what little I know of you makes me write down "cheap" as a default. 😝 That being the case, you have two options:Also, about the pictured - one needs to be able to easily dump the contents out (e.g. a dead queen).
How do you easily do that with the pictured?
I think "everything works in Florida" is a part here. Dr. Jack commented about that and the differences people see - which is why I felt I had been presented with opposing information. I'm still digging.Some climate conditions can tolerate, even benefit from brood interruptions. Many people though are keeping bees in areas that would either yield very little honey or need massive amounts of feeding or they would not survive the following winter. It should be clear that in such cases caging the queen is not magically a plus.