This is my 2nd year, and I have not had any absconding either. I basically did what typhoontx did. Couple of exceptions:I did a lot of reading of what other folks have done/recommended and came up with a list of what seems to have worked for my 2 hives I started this year from packages
Best thing to anchor them is a bar of open brood from another hive if you have it. (I did not have)
Next best thing is empty old brood comb to attach to one of the top bars. ( I did not have)
Coat the inside of the hive body with beeswax but do not coat the top bars themselves.
Dab a couple spots at the entrance with lemograss oil using a qtip and a dab or 2 inside don't over do it I did this a few days before the bees arrived
If you have a screened bottom close it off so no light shines through.
Reduce the entrance so they can defend it.
I did not cage my queens but they did had their wings clipped.
Use a divider board and only give them 9-11 bars to start with.
I fed them sugar syrup with a inverted jar feeder that was on the back side of the divider board so I could re-fill it without opening the hive itself. I fed them for a couple of weeks till they had about 4-5 bars well built out and were starting to store honey/syrup on them