queen cells

Did you know? 10 – 12 day old queen cells are a cost effective alternative to mated queens and virgins. Queen Cells can be placed directly into a queenless colony with a 60 to 95% success rate within 3 – 4 weeks, and are also a great way to improve diversity.

In autumn, Queen Cells can also provide an excellent solution to re-queening. Simply place a wrapped or protected SJA queen cell into any queen-right hive. When the cell hatches the new Italian virgin queen bee will super-cede the existing queen. Once mated, the new Queen leads the colony going into the winter and following seasons. Fresh autumn-mated queens have been found to outperform older queens with more vigour and greater disease resistance. They’re also known for less swarming in the spring than older queens.

When can I order?

Queen Cells are available on a pre-purchase arrangement from September to April directly from our Helensville retail outlet. Place your order