I am new to beekeeping and just installed my first three packages this past Saturday.
On Sunday one of the hives had very little activity going on compared to the other two. They had been acting different than the other two packages to start out with. While I was there I opened the top cover to look at the feeder (we are using top feeders) and the bees weren’t into the sugar water at all. The other hives had bees that were using the sugar water. From there, I decided to check and make sure that the bees were still present. I lifted the feeder slightly and it looked like they were all still in there.
I went back to the hives yesterday, Tuesday, to release the queens. When I opened that particular hive all of the bees were gone. The queen was still left in the hive inside of her cage, and she was alive, but all of the bees are gone. What happened? Is there anything I could have done to prevent this?
Thanks for your help! I would like to prevent this from occurring, again, if possible.