I hate it when they fly off!
I have a small cut-out I did from a plastic bucket about a month ago. I had high hopes for them, mostly for use to requeen a different hive using them as a nuc. I got them set-up and gave them a queen. Two days after they let her out - off they went! Made off with my good queen. Little rascals. Feels kind of like having your virgin daughter run off with the Hell's Angels.
It would be nice if there was a way to predict this sort of thing. Second time I have had a hive of ferals abscond this year - on the same hive stand even. Must be something about that spot.
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