Re: My bees abandand their home because of a small rodent
LB stuff like this happens, it's part of beekeeping, can't explain it sometimes. 5 years ago I bought 11 packages, put them in new equipment, all was good until 3 days later we saw a massive cloud of bees so thick you could barely see through them. I watched helplessly as they grouped together and flew off in all directions. When it was over, only 2 remained in their homes. The rest released the queen & left! Good news is I now have feral hives around my place. Hang in there, study the situation closely & see if you can learn from this.
All things may be lawful; but not all things are advantagous.