We purchased a Warre Hive from Bee thinking this spring. 2 empty boxes with top bars, one feeding box that the bees could not actually enter.
A 3 pound package of Carnolian bees was installed with a mated queen. The queen was released on the 3rd day. On the 4th day the bees had absconded the hive.
Does anyone know why this would happen?
Our hive does have viewing windows. We looked several times through the day. Do you think this would be disturbing the hive? It also is a new hive, so maybe the hive needs to weather or air out?
Does this happen more frequently with Warre hives because comb is not established? I also wondered if the queen was released too soon. There was one piece of comb drawn in the center of the hive.
Please let me know what you think or what your experiences are.