Well I gotta say with as much as I have read I am still making mistakes. Set out two new colonies with marked queens on tuesday. Looked in on them wednesday and the queens were still caged with tons of workers milling about.
Did not bother them yesterday, outside temps rose up to the mid 80's. Looked today and one queen and her 'tribe' are gone to parts unknown. The other colony is very robust with a freed queen somewhere amongst them.
Just happened to read that new colonies should not be placed too close together as this might happen. Three feet must be too close.
With as robust as the remaining group appear I figure some of the swarm must have decided to stay put.
I am gonna be a novice beek forever, sigh.