I was able to locate a package to replace my bees that left. When we brought them home yesterday, the box fell over in the car. I went to hive them this evening.First I dropped the queen cage into the package, then dumped her into the hive while trying to locate the cage. I put the cage between the bars and tried to close the hive, a bit tricky as by now there were LOTS of bees flying around. My self confidence was not helped when I looked up and saw my neighbor watching me.
After about an hour I decided to tack the strap on the cage to one of the bars so it wouldn't fall. Of course it had. I picked it up and tacked it to a bar.
Now i am worrying that the queen may have been hurt by my clumsiness and inept installation or that they will release her and leave. How long should I wait to check on things? 5 days? 10?