HOW TO TELL IF A NEW QUEEN WAS ACCEPTED
Requeening a hive is only half of the battle when it comes to getting a hive to accept a new queen! Ensuring she is accepted is critical. Remember to wait at least 5-7 days before checking back after installing a new queen. Also keep in mind that it can take a new queen 2-3 days after being released to begin laying eggs, and even then, she may only have eggs on 1 frame in the hive.
Here are a few signs she WAS accepted:
- The bees seem characteristically calm & un-agitated. No uncharacteristic running, loud buzzing, unusual aggression, etc.
- The queen cage is empty
- There are eggs in the hive
- There are no queen cells being raised
Signs she WAS NOT accepted:
- The bees are uncharacteristically running, loudly buzzing, and unusually aggressive.
- The queen is still in the cage, or dead in the cage. (If she is alive in the cage, poke a hole through the candy with a toothpick to help the bees release her)
- There are no eggs or larva in the hive
- There are multiple fresh queen cells with larva in them being raised