Recently I purchased an extra queen thinking the hive was queenless. Low and behold by the time the queen arrived there was ample signs of brood and honey stores and pollen. So . . . I took 2 frames of brood/nectar mix and the bees on the frame and one frame of honey/pollen mix with the bees on the frame and put them into a new hive box along with the new queen in her queen cage. I uncorked the cage and replaced the cork with a marshmallow since the queen's attendants had already made a dent in the sugar. They have been together (without being able to leave the hive) with a paint can of 1:1 sugar syrup on the hive for 3 days. Is that long enough for the bees to accept the new queen as their own? Can I open the hive again after 3 days of their being together and expect the bees in the new hive to stay there and not move back to their original hive?
Thanks for the feedback.