Mating hives are used to mate virgin queens without using lots of bees from productive hives. Their small size means that they can be stocked with a cup full of bees and once established can be be used repeatedly through the season. This means that you can always have mated laying queens when needed.
- The 2 in 1 mating hive can be used to raise and mate a single queen or if a queen cell is introduced to each layer can be used to raise two queens. To establish the hive, add foundation to each frame and introduce 1 cup of bees per layer. Make sure the feeder is stocked with fondant or syrup.
- Introduce queen cells into the hive. If introducing two cells, put one in the top and one in the bottom ensuring the queen excluder is in place.
- Keep the bees locked in for 3 days in a cool location.
- On day 3, site the hive and open the doors allowing the bees to fly.
- Check the hive three weeks after the queen’s emergence. to check for laying and pattern.
You can also introduce 1 day old virgins by dipping them into syrup and adding them to the hive along with the bees.
This mating hive comes with,
- Bottom box with entrance
- Feeder compartment with queen excluder
- Queen excluder
- Upper box with 3 position entrance
- Crown Board
- Roof with recesses (these can be used for feeding fondant)
- 9 plastic frames
- Queen excluder entrance piece.