Guest blogger Emily Scott aka Adventuresinbeeland reviews our Multi Function Crown Board


Bee blogger Emily Scott recently took a look at one of our products - the Multi Function Crown Board - for her own blog: Adventuresinbeeland


I've been lucky enough to be sent a special crown board to review by a small beekeeping business in Kent called Bee Equipment Ltd: As well as selling beekeeping equipment online they also keep around 300 hives in the Kent area and sell nucs and queens.

As its name suggests, their multi function crown board (£16.65) can be used for several purposes: feeding, treatments and swarm control.

Feeding - Rapid top feeders fit easily onto this crown board. The depth allows shallow feeders.

Treatments – Treatments can be carried out when you turn the board over.

Swarm Control –

1) Firstly find all the queen cells and allow to reduce to a single visible queen cell. Using the normal position, cover the hole in the Multi Function Crown Board.

2) Find the queen....

3) Place two frames of brood in a brood box above the Multi Function Crown Board and shake as many bees as you can from the box. Fill the bottom box with frames or replace existing ones.

4) Release the queen into the bottom box, put the Multi Function Crown Board on followed by the second box full of bees with the yellow cap facing the opposite direction to the bottom box.

5) Take out the yellow cap, place the Multi Function Crown Board on top and close.

6) Flying and foraging bees will leave the top box with only nurse bees remaining. Leave for approximately two weeks for the cell in the top box to hatch, and hopefully your queen will be laying.

multi function crown board

The swarm control idea is pretty exciting... especially if you are stuck for space and want to be able to do swarm control vertically. It's too late for us to try it out this year, but I shall have a go next year if I can.

I have to say the delivery service was maybe the best I've ever had from any company. First I received an email to say the delivery date, giving a 1 hour delivery time slot and the option to change the delivery date, collect from a pick up point, deliver to a neighbour or have the order delivered to a safe place at my address. In a matter of seconds I was able to change the delivery date to a day I'd be at home. Brilliant!

Bee Equipment Delivery example

On the delivery day I was sent another email giving me a 1 hour delivery slot - and it was delivered during that slot. So useful! There's been so many times I've had to stay in for hours waiting for orders from other companies because their delivery time slot was all day.

Bee Equipment delivery example 2

The product itself feels sturdy and well made. It's good to support small local companies so if you want excellent customer service and competitive prices, plus a wide range of products, why not give Bee Equipment a try.


Thanks so much to Emily for taking the time to write about our product. Please check out her blog for regular articles on a wide range of beekeeping topics.


  • Stuart G.

    Yes I tend to agree with Eric’s observation, that the second board comment in point 5 is slightly misleading, as you really only need a regular crown board to be used here.
    However, having said that, the comment regarding a second multi function crown board could also be correct in the respect that it is used as a multi purpose crown board for feeding/treatments etc and therefore not used in the context of the swarming advice given.
    I don’t necessarily agree with your other observations though Eric, as I’m sure if the old adage of “Take 2 and Shake 2” is used into the top box, then enough brood/nursing/flying bees would be dislodged and captured in the ‘new’ top box so as to reduce the population of bees in the bottom box, as an intended deterrent to swarming.
    This coupled with the advice given to replace several brood frames with new foundation and given that the brood had been reduced by 2 whole frames into the top ‘new’ box, should in all essence prevent swarming.
    As a matter of course, following the “T2S2” method, I would always block off my entrance for a minimum of 2 to 3 days as well for ‘re-orientation’ of those bees, prior to letting this ‘new’ top box of bees fly free.

    Also in response to your question David, it does state in point 1 to cover the hole in the Crown board. Thus preventing the ‘old’ queen and any other bees, for that matter, from entering the ‘new’ top box.

    I would agree that without pictorial or diagramatic guides, the text advice can be somewhat confusing for some.

    I’m purchasing 3 of these boards, so will leave my review once I’ve managed to give them a darned good test run!
    Happy Keeping!

  • David Winter

    I am also confused as to whether Emile is using two multi boards or just one.
    Also when board is in position what prevents old queen rising up into the new brood box through the large hole in the board.


    Your swarm control method is puzzling. I’m guessing (because it is not stated) that the retained queen cell is put into the top box with the two frames of brood. This method is likely to produce a viable queen but it is unlikely to deter the bottom box from swarming. Why? Because the three elements necessary for swarming remain in the bottom box: queen, flying bees, a lot of brood.
    The commercial beekeeper Ken Basterfield has written of a similar method (Beecraft, April 2012 or Beekeeping In a Nutshell No 14, Northern Bee Books) but which separates effectively one of those three elements from the other two, so avoiding swarming.
    Your points 4 and 5 suggest that you’re using two multi-function boards, one under and one over the top box. Is this really what is intended?

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