Caught My First Swarm: Absconded
So, I caught my first swarm last week. The bees landed in some the pine trees just behind the old hive. I was able to climb up and retrieve all the bees and placed them in a new hive. Dumping them into their new home I even saw the old queen (marked blue). I gave them sugar syrup, undrawn foundation, and reduced the entrance.
They stayed in the hive for a few days, then took off without a trace. Upon inspecting it the next week, there was drawn foundation, and even eggs layed in one frame.
Why would they have left? What can I do better next time to get them to stay?
Last edited by n0rmand0; 05-16-2011 at 01:35 PM.
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