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QCC Cage

QCC Cage

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Product Code: Q0054


The QCC cage is a simple way to produce a brood less time in the hive without removing the Queen.

The cage is best used around mid-summer, as any eggs laid after mid-summers day will not contribute to the current season’s crop gathering, and a lull in brood production is not of significant detriment to the colony at this time of the year.

The cage can be introduced to a central brood comb, by shaking off the bees and cutting away a block of brood just below the top bar (be careful of the wires when positioning the cage). Or you can position the cage on a frame with blank foundation and let the bees build around it as part of rotational comb refreshment, or as part of a Bailey or Shook swarm treatment.

So on or around mid-summer find the queen and put her in the box and shut the door so she can’t get out. As the box is too small to have comb built in it, there is nowhere the Queen can lay. The workers can still attend her, and because she is still in the heart of the colony the bees will not get the swarming or supersedure impulse as she is still present and pheromonally active. The Queen will go off lay.

The queen should be left “trapped” for around 30 days. At the end of this period you can apply one treatment of your choice to treat the proretic mites, as there will be no others hiding in the brood, as there is no brood.

The Queen can be released to resume her laying to build up the numbers of bees for winter. It was found if the Queen was trapped a lot longer than 30 days (i.e. 60 days) when the Queen was released the workers produced many Queen cells, possibly they felt the Queen was failing and this was too long to be without brood. Thirty days is naturally about the period the colony is without brood when swarming so acceptable to the bees?



QCC Cage

Height: 12mm

Width: 33mm

Length: 80mm



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Products may be sent out from multiple locations and therefore may arrive separately, but you won't incur additional delivery charges as a result.

Orders are sent out as quickly as possible but there may be occasional delays during the busy season or if an item is out of stock.  We will contact you if there is expected to be a significant delay with your order. 

Although we try to send out complete orders there will be occasions when some items are out of stock.  In these instances we may send your order in several parts.  You will not incur additional delivery charges as a result.

If you'd like to have items sent to separate UK addresses, please complete a separate order for each address. A separate delivery charge will be made for each address if applicable.


Orders weighing less than 2kg are sent standard 2nd class Royal Mail.  If you would like your order sent 1st class then please contact us for a quote or choose 1st class in the delivery options.

All orders weighing over 2kg are sent via carrier.  We use Parcel Force and FedEx for UK and international parcels.  We may also send large orders via a pallet service.

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Orders will be sent to the billing address unless an alternative delivery address is specified.


Queens are sent on a 1st class Royal Mail.  Queens are sent in a travelling cage with several attendants, candy and full introduction instructions.

Our Queens are British Hybrids and are extremely balanced, user friendly bees.  They are all mated but not clipped or marked.


Our bees are sold in a travelling box in a six frame nucleus.  These can be collected from either our head office at Rand, Thornes of Windsor, Thornes of Stockbridge or Thornes of Devon.  Bees are pre-ordered and a non-refundable deposit taken.  We will contact you when your bees are ready for collection.

All our bees are sourced from reputable breeders in England. 

Collection Only

Due to the nature of some of our products, certain items are collection only.  These include Acetic acid and six frame nuclei.

Returns and Refunds

All our products are guaranteed for 12 months.  Konigin extractors have a four year warranty.

Goods may be returned to us for a full refund or exchange within 28 days providing they are undamaged and we receive proof of purchase.  Goods that may have been ordered as a gift can also be exchanged for Thorne vouchers if the product is not required.

Goods can be returned to our head office at Rand or to any of our branches.

We cannot refund or exchange personalised labels unless they have been incorrectly supplied. 

We cannot accept returns or refunds on AVM-GSL medicines (MAQS, Apivar, Apilife Var, Apiguard, Apistan, Api-bioxal, Oxybee).  These medicines can only be refunded if they were sent in error or damaged in transit.

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