A Cloake Board is a special piece of equipment used in beekeeping to facilitate raising queen bees. Invented by Harry Cloake, the cloake board, or floor without a floor, consists of a queen excluder mounted to a wooden frame.
The Cloake method of queen rearing involves a series of stages which divide a colony into a queenright lower colony and a queenless upper colony to improve acceptance of grafted larva, or to facilitate creation of queen cells naturally.
Our Cloake board we have created has a wooden rim with a built in queen excluder, and a removable stainless steel sheet to isolate the bottom and top boxes of the hive.
For a video on how you can use a cloake board to produce queens, watch our demonstration video below.