Re: Balling a queen
In my observation over the years, there are 2 situation that a queen got balled. One is the disturbance by the beekeeper and the other is that a
drifter somehow by passed the guard bees and found the good queen to start the balling process. Half of the time it was my disturbance on a hive check that started this and the other half is my hive arrangement that are too close together that caused the drifting. If your hives are not farther apart then consider making another hive rearrangement. Last week I found a balled queen on a hive check caused by a drifter bee. Then caged her for a few days with some young nurse bee and just direct released her yesterday. She was fine the last time I check on her. Your situation might be the rearrangement of the frames into another hive box. For future experience, do another hive check the day after the rearrangement to ensure that everything is alright, mainly the queen.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?