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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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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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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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The jzbz also has a pheromone added.
 

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I vote with Astrobee.

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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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