- Jul 3, 2010
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- Co Antrim
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I killed a queen of a very hostile hive yesterday and placed a new bought queen in a cage on a frame of brood.
I had planned to break the tabs today but when I went into the hive as well as the bees being grumpy as normal, they were absolutely covering the cage. Even after I shook them off and placed it on top of the frames they seemed to frantically cover the cage again.
I checked a few brood frames for any emergency cells but couldn’t see any but as they we so grumpy with me I didn’t want to hang around and check every frame.
I have re-queened once before but that was with a split and the bees just seemed a lot calmer around the cage after 24 hours it they accepted her with no issu
I watched a video which suggested leaving queen in cage for 7 days. It was Black Mountain bees. I definitely wouldn't be letting her out yet. Not with the price of bees these days.e.
Does that frantic behaviour sound normal on a very busy hive or is this sign they would currently ball her? What should I be looking for to see that they have accepted her?
Should I wait a few more days before breaking the tabs?