Hi! I'm new to the forum and new to beekeeping in general.
I have a question. When there has been a week or so of overcast/rainy weather, should you wait a couple of sunny days to open up the hive? I have a hive that was given to me by a friend but it hadn't been touched in over a year. The first thing I did was order a new queen. While I was waiting for the queen I opened up the hive a few times to see what it was like in there. They were perfectly nice bees (as far as I could tell) and were not at all aggressive.
When the queen arrived I placed her in and waited 2 weeks to open it back up again. The reason I had waited that long is because the weather has been very bad here. I opened it up yesterday at about 10:00am, which was the first day in a week that the sun was out, and they were very (again, as far as I can tell) aggressive. What could be the problem here? The first 4 times or so that I opened it up before the new queen they were nice, and this last time there weren't.
They were going so crazy once I started messing with the frames that I just shut it up as fast as I could and didn't get to make sure that the new queen was there or not. Do you need to wait till there are a couple of sunny days in a row to open it back up? Or, could they have possibly not accepted the queen and that made them aggressive? I don't know.
I guess I should tell you that I didn't find the old queen when I put the new queen in there. I opened the hive twice to look for here and looked over EVERYTHING 3 or 4 times but nothing. There were no eggs or larvae either, only capped brood. So, I just stuck the new queen in and am hoping for the best (somebody tell me if this wasn't a good idea so I know for next time
I can't think of any other reasons that they would be aggressive now and not earlier. PLEASE let me know if you more experienced beekeepers have any thoughts as to what it might be!
P.S. Sorry for the long post...