– Short-term confinement of a queen from a recently caught swarm or package, so that she can begin laying without any risk of the bees absconding
– Limiting the queen to one frame, and then removing that frame of brood, to produce a completely brood-less colony
– Imposing a brood slow-down to limit colony growth before a dearth
– Isolation of the queen for a day to produce eggs or brood of a very precise age
– Short term isolation of the queen on one frame so that you can quickly find her later
Be careful to insert and remove the frame GENTLY and SLOWLY if the queen is on it, since she can be killed if she is scraped between the frame and the cage wall.
The cage occupies more space than a single frame, so two frames should be removed to make ample room for it in a deep hive body. One deep frame is inserted into the cage, and the solid cover is placed on top. The cover sits on top of the frame’s top bar, and can be removed to give access to the frame without the need to remove the cage itself. Since the top edges of the cage are flush with the sides of our wooden hive bodies, the queen will be perfectly contained. If you are using equipment of non-standard dimensions, you may want to press some spare wax on either side of the top bar to absolutely ensure that the queen cannot leave the cage.