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« on: July 21, 2013, 02:50:45 AM »

Sorry the image is a little blurry.  Heres a queen cage I made for banking the JZ-BZ cells. I found something that looked like it online but it had no measurements so I made mine 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" tall I used a 1 1/4" bit to make the hole and an 11/16" hole for the JZ-BZ cell. A push pin was easy to find to hold the cell in and its easy to use if you use gloves like I do.

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2013, 08:36:33 AM »

Just wondering why you were still wearing gloves ?  
And if so what kind ?  
Are the cage as you building to protect queen cells ?  
Start this year I have been using California Mini queen cages.



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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2013, 08:38:06 AM »

Looks great! What size screen did you use?

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2013, 08:47:29 PM »

#8 hardware cloth.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 10:18:08 AM »

I can't remember, will #8 allow workers through? Or do you just allow them to feed and care from outside the cages?

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2013, 07:33:46 PM »

#8 hardware cloth.

8 mesh hardware cloth is the same they use for package bees.  Looks like this is one thing you can recycle the hardware cloth off of packages if you have them.



                  

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 08:22:34 AM »

> will #8 allow workers through?

#8 will not.  #7 will not unless you have a bent wire.  #6 will, barely but some bee will squeeze through.  #5 will let workers through but pollen carriers tend to lose half their pollen, and won't let queens or drones through.  #4 will let everyone through.
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2013, 11:48:42 AM »

Great info. Thanks Michael!
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