Queen bees are transported in various types of cages. The JZ-BZ plastic queen cage, pictured above, is an excellent cage for shipping and introducing queens. It is strong, but has plenty of openings to let air in during shipping, and then later to let the pheromone of the queen disperse out into the receiving colony during installation. The bottom of the cage has a shielded area where the queen can hide when she is feeling insecure. The long tube is stuffed with queen cage candy for a delayed release of the queen. Wildflower Meadows ships many small and medium sized orders of queen bees in the JZ-BZ plastic cages, each with six attendant bees inside to support the queen bee.
Because of its light weight and narrow profile, the wooden California Mini Cage, pictured above, is the perfect cage for handling shipments of larger quantities of queens. Typically, with this kind of cage, the attendant bees reside outside the cage. Four or more nurse bees will usually cling to the outside of the screen, feeding the queen bee through the screen. The California Mini Cage’s narrow profile enables the beekeeper to quickly and easily insert it inside the colony without violating the bee space between frames.