Re: CRAP HELP Queen FLEW OFF WILL IT RETURN
She might come back.
Just had a similar experience today. Had new queen in a super with a screened bottom board on top of the hive I wanted to re queen. Been about a week because of rain so everyone should be smelling the same. I was planning to insert the frame she was on between two frames of brood in the big hive. Took the super off and marked the queen and thought she would stay on the frames. She came out the small bottom entrance and crawl to the top of the hive and rather than going down flew off.
I had located the original queen and place her and a couple of frames in a NUC box.
So left everything open and came back about an hour and half later. I decided to do a thorough search of every frame before I put the old queen back in. Located the new queen in the bottom deep of the big hive. So they do come back!
You really could use a couple of frames of bees with capped near ready to emerge and uncapped brood. Your numbers are dwindling and bees may well decide to supercede your queen.
Zone 3b. If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!