So I got some Carn queens from Betterbee and I was trying to split my russian/carn hive. I heard that Russians may not take kindly to a new queen so I bought some of these to help out.
Sure enough 1st time I put the shipping cage in I notice it's to far. So when jimmying it out I crack the part of the queen box that holds on to the screen. Who flies out... yup the queen. There she is circle around me mocking me about her freedom. I tried to follow her while it's getting dark and she's gone. I look on the lawn I look on some tree limbs nothing. Then I think to myself maybe because I had her in the nuc already with her shipping cage attached to a paperclip maybe she went home?? I check the frames one by one no red dot. Then just as I'm closing the box she climbs out!!! So I shoo her back in. SUCCESS!
Now I'm excited and thinking she's accepted. OH NO down below a mound of bees appears and they're balling her I think it's called? I managed to finally scoop her up and get her into the large requeening cage. Hopefully her scent will also get them to feed her thought the screening??? Least I didn't lose her and hopefully they'll be calm tomorrow?