I installed a package in a new hive on Friday.
I checked on it Saturday.
Released the queen on Tuesday morning.
Today they are gone except for about 20-30 bees in the hive.
What went wrong? Is this something that just happens sometimes? Could smoking them too much make them leave? I was a little rough on the queen because I went to brush the bees off her cage and at that moment she came out and got brushed. She did land in the hive as I saw her on the bottom for just a moment.
It has been very rainy the last few days.