Is this normal or aggressive behavior to a new queen?
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  1. #1
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    Default Is this normal or aggressive behavior to a new queen?

    Quick context: Queenless NUC with no brood or eggs 2.5 weeks after install. Put a new mated queen still the plastic in the box for a couple of days for some extra acclamation. Also added a frame of brood with some larvae 3 days ago. So after three days, took a peek and observed this...

    https://youtu.be/3IjJB-0wmQY

    Is that normal behavior meaning I should remove the plastic and let the bees let her out? Or is this a sign they aren't going to accept this new queen?

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Is this normal or aggressive behavior to a new queen?

    They're not stinging or biting the cage you're safe to cut her loose.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Is this normal or aggressive behavior to a new queen?

    Hi Lava
    That was a short vid so it is hard to see what they're doing. I didn't see them trying to sting or harm her, which is most likely what they did when you first put her in until they accept her as their queen. After they accept her, they try frantically to get her out of there. Looks to me like that's what they're doing here. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Is this normal or aggressive behavior to a new queen?

    Yea, they look pretty chill to me. They just want to clean her and feed her, I think.

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