How many of the tree swarms are still boxed today?
Very good question Allen, 2 of the 3. The one I lost was the last little one hived in the video.
When I went back to pick them up later that evening I found one hive helter skelter with the lid removed and the bees gone, I think kids or a dog must have upset the hive. I suspect the bees joined one of the other swarm boxes but I don't know for sure it was dark.
Stupid mistake on my part I generally ratchet strap all my hives before I transport them and I should have done it before I left, still very much a rookie.
Other than that (knock on wood) I've only had 1 of 14 abscond so far this year and I think that was because I inadvertantly dumped 2 primary swarms that had combined into the same box.
Just for the record I think it's alway better to catch up the queen, I'm just lowsy at finding queens.