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Welcome to the BeeBay Queen Excluder (also known as the BBQX)
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The exciting new patented development in beekeeping that helps you and helps your bees
Feed or treat your bees without having to open the hive, any time of the day or night, in any weather conditions and without suiting up or lighting your smoker.
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So what is the BBQX? Well it’s a queen excluder with a difference. The BBQX has two apertures built into the wooden frame which allow the beekeeper to feed and treat their bees without talking the hive apart. With the BBQX sitting above the brood box and below the supers you can use the apertures to insert a lance supplied to treat your bees with liquid treatments at any time. The BBQX also comes with two trays which allow the easy application of treatment wafers. There’s also a feeder bottle which can dispense up to 500 ml of feed or supplements directly through the aperture above the brood.
Each full kit will include our BBQX Frame, 2 Loops, 2 Trays, 1 Feeder with bottle and 1 Lance with syringe and full printed instructions. Other combinations of the equipment are available depending upon number of hives owned.
A Broader Description:
The patented Bee-Bay Queen Excluder (BBQX) enables beekeepers to treat and feed their hives without the need to kit up, at any time of the day or night and in any weather conditions or seasons, thus enabling essential treatments to be carried out at the right time for you…and the bees!
Reducing disturbance of the bees together with timely access helps improve their welfare, decreasing the impact of parasites and diseases and increasing health and honey yields. Convenient and versatile the BBQX is both safe and economical.
As an active beekeeper at certain times of the year, depending on external factors, colonies must be inspected for many reasons including pests and diseases, health of the brood as well as the imminence of swarming. Using the BBQX on your hives doesn’t mean you have to change the frequency of inspecting your bees or much else about your personal husbandry, but it does give you much greater flexibility as to the timing of your interventions. The thinking is that by being able to treat your bees whatever the environmental conditions, your bees will be stronger and healthier as a result.
The treatment lance allows feeds or products to be distributed into the hive which triggers the bees cleaning and feeding behaviours. Testing has proved that the bees will find the feeds and treatments within the hive and on each other, meaning good, internal distribution of products.
The wafer tray enables the beekeeper to load a treatment wafer or partial wafer into the tray and seat it in the BBQX aperture. Simple.
The liquid feeders sit in the BBQX aperture and can be filled with up to 500ml of liquid feed or supplements.
The BBQX enables those all-important and timely interventions to be carried out precisely when needed regardless of external conditions, but without the need to take the hive apart and the subsequent disruption of the colony. This means that when you do need to go into the brood box for other reasons like checking for queen right, disease or brood inspection then you can make a more appropriate judgement in terms of weather, time, etc. as to when to go in without the pressure of precise treatment spacing.