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Author Topic: What would be considered a good 'indication' of acceptance at introduction  (Read 1112 times)
OzBuzz
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« on: September 07, 2010, 07:09:54 AM »

Hi Everybody,

What would be considered to be good behaviour when you introduce a Queen cage? What would be considered bad behaviour? I introduced a Queen cage today - the hive has been Queenless for 4 days (with some brood and no eggs laid i.e. no apparent laying worker). When i introduced the Queen cage the workers climbed all over the cage quite quickly. They were poking their tongues through the grill and almost tasting the Queen and the other workers... how can you distinguish what is friendly and what is aggressive?
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 02:48:17 PM »

Aggressive to me is the bees biting the cage and balling over it.  If the bees took happy, you should be good.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 04:37:05 PM »

Eggs are a good sign of acceptance.  Smiley

Seriously, though, bees with their abdomens curled into stinging position are a bad sign.  But no matter how many accept her, it only takes a couple of dissenters to cause problems, so I'd do the slow introduction.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2010, 10:39:57 PM »

Cool, thanks guys... there was definitely no biting at the cage and also no curved abdomens to sting - it seemed all they wanted to do was lick the Queen and the other workers - is that one of their many ways of spreading pheromone - by tongue? Also, what does balling look like? is it a very 'manic' or 'hyperactive' crowding of the Queen with many bees deep? i noticed that the cage got covered with bees very quickly but they were all one bee deep and intent on shoving their tongue through the grooves. Also, i could easily brush the bees off the cage if i wanted (which i read somewhere was also an indicator as to whether they were being aggressive or not)
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2010, 11:56:34 AM »

Bee balling =  When a new queen is available, the workers will kill the reigning queen by "balling" her, colloquially known as the "cuddle death"; clustering tightly around her until she dies from overheating. This overheating method is also used to kill large predatory wasps that enter the hive in search of food and may be used against a foreign queen attempting to take over an existing colony.[3] Balling is often a problem for beekeepers attempting to introduce a replacement queen.  copied from wiki    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_bee
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010, 06:50:13 PM »

Queen release and acceptance was a success! I did a quick inspection yesterday and she was happily strutting her stuff!
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