I found a swarm next to one of my hives - the strongest of the two I have. Low in a tree about 15 yards from the original hive. Took a new outfit - bottom board, body, 10 frames - dropped them in with a good shake. Everything seemed to go perfectly. Bees immediately started fanning - some on the grass walked up in the box. I didn't leave the box there - but picked it up and immediately put it on the stand next to the original hive (only available spot). I figured the proximity wouldn't matter - put a small branch near the entrance which I reduced. I put a frame of honey and pollen in as well to help them begin building - but we have flow on, so I didn't worry about food too much.
Today I go back - thinking they'd have drawn out a little comb and be on their way. But they'd left - nothing but a bunch of black ants enjoying that honey. I couldn't believe it.
Was it most likely that I didn't get the queen? Almost all bees fell in, but maybe the key word is "almost." Or was my moving the box so quickly the error - or placing next to the original hive?
Another question: In terms of what I call the original hive - I see queen cells hatched - and my understanding is I should see eggs in 14-20 days if good weather (it's been pretty good up here in Pittsburgh).
Thanks in advance -