Well one queen down.
I split a hive and added a mated queen I purchased(which I tried to add to a nuc as mentioned above). Unfortunately the mated queen was killed by the hive. Et tu, Brute? I let her out of the cage on top of the inner cover, and several attendants started tending to her. I watched them tend to her for 15 minutes before I had to heading to work. Everything seemed fine. They were cleaning her and feeding here and forming a perfect circle around her, very behaved. She never moved with-in the 15 minutes I had time to watch. She was very active before I released her.
I came home from work at lunch time and went down to peak on top of the inner cover to make sure she worked her way into the hive. I was surprised to find that she still hadn't moved and the was a large ball of bees on top of her. I pushed to ball of bees off of her and see started running around like a wild woman. Bees were pulling on her legs and trying to split her in two. Eventually she ran to the middle hole in the inner cover and down into the hive. I went into the house to get some screening to make a push in cage. Within 15 minutes I had a frame cleaned off ready to put her in a push in cage, but unfortunately I pulled her out of another ball she got herself into inside the hive and she was fatally stung.
It appears some of the bees were loyal to her because she was balled up for probably 6 hours and perfectly fine, but when I freed her up from the first ball the aggressive bees were able to sting and kill her. My guess is that the whole hive didn't get the message she was their new queen(because I introduced her too soon). The queen only had one attendant within her cage(from a previous debacle), could this mean that her scent wasn't able to be passed around the hive before I released her. She was in there 2 days, and 2 1/2 days since they were queenless. The bees were calm around her cage so I went ahead and released her. One thing I noticed is that she appeared to be smaller in size then some of my other queens??? I put in another caged mated queen to replace the killed queen. Hopefully this one goes better.
By the way I know the hive is queenless, because I found the queen when I split the hive and put her in the other split. (I also checked the other hive to make sure somehow she didn't come back and she was still there)
Did I introduce her too early?
Do mated queens commonly get rejected?
I let her cage site on top of the inner cover so the screen was hanging over the oval hole and facing down to communication with the bees, is this wrong way to introduce?
I'm hoping not to kill the next queen. I am thinking I will leave her in there for 4 days. Plus I put her cage inside the hive this time(I was trying on top of the inner cover so I could fit all the frames in and not have burr comb.)
Thanks ahead of time, Steve
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