Well, for better or worse, I requeened the hive yesterday, and proved yet again how much of an amateur I am at this! I decided to do a quick inspection before putting the queen cage in to make sure I hadn't missed any eggs, larvae, etc. and the bees were their calm, gentle selves like normal. I then proceeded to introduce the queen.
The queen came in a plastic JZ-BZ queen cage, with about 20 to 30 attendants inside the outer battery box. Of course, when I opened up the battery box, the attendants had no desire to leave the queen! Meanwhile, my bees were becoming a bit agitated...not sure why. Anyway, all I did was wedge the JZ-BY between the tops of two frames, and shut everything back up. By this time, I had bees bumping up against me and buzzing my veil, and following me around, which they never do. Perhaps these were the stray attendant bees? All I know is that my wife and the kids were sitting about 30 feet away watching me bumble through this, and the bees followed me all the way back to them and were buzzing around us....nothing more than that, but it was out of character. A few weeks ago, I ran a rototiller about 10 feet in front of the hive without much ado. Is this normal when a new queen is introduced? My bees didn't seem as interested in the queen cage as they were of me and my family.
Anyway, I will check the hive in a few days to a week, and see what is going on. I decided to wait a bit before putting on the super, but now i am thinking I should have put it on then.