5 ,8 ,10 frame, and long Lang
Nicole,Caging the queen where workers can freely flow through the cage as in one made out of queen exclude material does not reduce queen pheromone. Queen pheromone is spread by workers brushing and licking the queen, not by vapors diffusing through the hive as most people think of it. If this were not the case, then how do you explain why a double screen board works between colonies or a snelgrove board? Why doesn't the hive get rid of the queen during winter (aka a long, cold pollen dearth) when she stops laying?
there is also Pheromone of her feet, so it would be reduced.
A double screen will allow Qcs to be started on one side.
it may work, seems odd to me to stop a queen from doing what a queen does and , play the "natural" card, for Varroa control.
agree, if they can make comb in the cadge she would lay in it, then if drone they are stuck if Virgins they may kill her or swarm. so the confine would need be 16 days or less, or check her on a schedule.
the winter many queens in one hive is a process that may work. for me I would pull the queen with a shook swarm, treat, then treat the brood later when emerged, then combine, I would have some faith in that process.
As well would the lack of brood start LW or would the "brushed" Pheromone keep that at bay.