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I have a very hot hive that I plan to requeen. How long does it take for the new queen to change the behavior of the hive? Does it happen quickly, due to pheromones, or does it take until her new brood replaces the original bees?
 

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A lot of the aggressive behavior is genetic (assuming they are not being driven mad by critters etc) so you really need for the old genetics to die off. Summer bees can live for up to 6-8 weeks.
 

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I had a very hot hive that was noticeably cooler the day after pinching the Queen and replacing her. Within days all was right in the yard again.

It probably took me longer to get comfortable being in the yard again than anything. Those hot bees really got in my head.
 

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In my case, it was not until the mean bees died did I see a change. It took several weeks or so. And tikkay, the hot bees got in my head too! LOL Sure makes beekeeping unpleasant.
 
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