2.1.3.3. Queen rearing kits

There are several queen rearing kits available (Jenter system, Nicot Queen System, Mann Lake Queen Rearing Kit, Ezi-queen queen rearing system) in which the queen is caged on a plastic comb with removable cell bottoms. The kit systems can be used to transfer larvae without grafting. With a single Karl Jenter kit, about 50 queens can be produced over 50 days. This is suitable for smaller beekeepers producing for their own apiaries. The Ezi-queen system is more effective for a larger production as it uses a cage of 420 cells which can all be transferred in less than 5 minutes. The plastic components used are made of a food grade polycarbonate, which allows for sterilization by autoclaving.