Re: Dead Nuc
This was one of those instances where placing a queen excluder between the queen and the hive/nuc entrance for the first week or so may have turned the tables -- an already-mated queen who can't easily leave the hive/nuc on a whim while exploring her new domicile is more likely to start laying. Maybe she mistook the hive entrance for an opening to another chamber of the hive, went outside, the workers followed her, got the wrong idea, swarmed, and the nearest bait hive wasn't yours . Remember, bees tend to consult a different set of books than ours -- as mine seem to love reminding me, at my maximal financial expense . Try, try again!
Dang it, Operator! For the 100th time, I said the Beekeepers' Singles Line, *NOT* Dial-A-Prayer!