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Hi,

We are brand new to bees. Our son has always expressed an interest in beekeeping and with spring fever kicking in we decided to give it a go.

We decided to build an observation hive and everything turned out great. We picked up our bees last week and were amazed as they almost instantly started building comb. The next day we were able to see them doing the bee dance and bringing in globs of pollen.

It seemed like everything was going great. Then ………

Yesterday it seemed like they were starting to show a lot of interest in the Queen’s cage. We assumed they were ready to finally break through the candy. Well we were right – unfortunately they weren’t preparing a very nice welcome.

Long story short we witnessed the balling of our queen.

In hindsight we would have left the bees with a little more privacy but it was hard to keep from looking in and watching what they were up to.

We are hoping for some advice on what to do next:

Should we try and install another queen? If so, can we afford to let the bees release her, or are we better off taking a chance and releasing her in order to get her laying immediately. The bees seem slightly agitated and we’re afraid they might do it again.

Would we be better off trying to try and find another package of bees and basically start over?

Thanks in advance for any advice,

Dan and family

PS – We won’t be lifting the current for a week this time.
 

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Sounds like they blamed the constant light / disturbance on the queen. You can go for another queen, though I'd do a normal introduction, no direct release (although I AM a fan of direct release when hiving new packages).

And like you said, leave it alone for a week, let them get used to her and free her.
 
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