Concerned with what looks like fighting outside my weak hive. Should I close it up or take other action? (Video)
I have been dealing with a weak hive that went queenless too long due to my lack of inspection. As a somewhat last ditch effort I added a small patch of capped workers from another hive, and put in a new queen. It has been about 5 days and the queen cage is empty.
I know the queen may have her own issues – but she’s more or less on her own for that. I’m concerned about what looks like some fighting at the entrance.
Could this be new queen related? It looks like robbing to me. I suspect they are just being picked on because they are weak currently.
Could I close up the hive for a day or two if the weather is 90 or less? Or is there a better choice to try and help?
My bees thank you for any help!