I have two top bar hives and I homed my bees on Saturday without a hitch. I have been watching my bees and over the past few days I have noticed that one of my hives has almost no traffic going in or coming out. I decided to go and check both today (5 days post introducing them to the hive). One hive is completely empty! The queen cage is empty, and no sight of any bees.
My other hive is alive and appears well. The bees are drawing comb (lots of bee chains and I can see alot of new comb), but I did not see the queen, nor did I see eggs in the comb. I did not provide foundation for the hive, so they have some work to do.
My question is 1) why did my bees leave my first hive? 2) in my second hive, should I expect to see eggs on the fourth day? I see comb, and some pollen (nothing capped) but no visible eggs or queen. Again, the queen cage was empty so I know she got out ok.
Thank you for your help!