Re: Ugh.. probably killed my queen...
Last week I marked a big fat laying queen.
After the paint dried I put her back into the hive. Her more mature workers did not
recognized her and started the aggressive scenes toward her. Then she was hiding under
the sugar bricks which I lifted it off. Suddenly one worker got aggressive and jumped on her. Then the
other workers followed. I was in a panic mode not knowing what to do. Trying to make a queen cage within
15-20 minutes later was too late. By the time I got to her she was not moving much. She died in the end!
Lesson learned here was not to mark a queen without an introduction cage ready on hands. And do separate the queen from the balling bees first before doing anything else at that short moment. Do not disturb them once the queen is inside the hive and make sure to release her on the young emerging bee frame and not direct released on the top bars. I'll wait until Spring time queen making days again before marking anymore queens. Sad for another dead queen!
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?