Re: 4 days after install and they are GONE!
I am becoming more and more amazed that my swarm stayed in my top bar hive. It was brand-new, and there was no drawn comb to put in there at all. I did finish the outside with linseed oil and beeswax, and also had dribbled a few drops of lemongrass oil down the walls on the inside. Not sure what made them stay. Maybe my promise of free rent for a year.
Sorry for your loss. I definitely would be upset if bees that I paid money for didn't stay. Are there statistics on packages? Do 90% of them stay? 75%?
Kate - since 2013, 4 colonies, 3 8-frame Langs, 1 TBH, mostly TF, zone 8b