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Using a Jenter Kit to breed your own Queens - Page 2

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The Pieces in the Kit
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Fitting the Cage:

The Jenter cage needs to be fitted into a brood frame in which the comb or foundation has been drawn out by the bees. This will provide much better acceptance by the bees and so will speed up the queen rearing process.

A commercial frame which has been drawn out

Take your frame and using the cage as a template, use a hot knife to cut out the shape. You will also want to extend the bottom bars in order to allow for wood supports. After you have done this, your frame should look like the one below:

The frame with the cage shape cut out

You may now discard the piece of removed comb. The cage should fit in the cut out but a piece of the top bar will need to be trimmed to allow attachment. Once in place, fasten the top bar securely with nails.

The cage secured in place

You will now need to fit supports from the cage to the base of the frame, in order to support it properly. Nail these into place. The front and rear view of your cage should now look like the pictures below:

Front view of the cage

Rear view of the cage

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