Very happy as I just caught another swarm! Bless those bees! The TBH next door cast a fairly large swarm this afternoon so we spread out a cloth – put the swarm box on it and gently shook the main cluster into a home made swarm box and put the bars on top. The other bees all marched in! My original blow-torched TBH is ready to receive but I have a question.
I have just left the swarm box uncorked, on top of my TBH (made the roof flat) with entrance aligned to TBH.
I don’t want to lose them through a wrong decision so I am wondering what’s best. Is leaving them for a couple of days to start building comb on bars in the box best, which might be less stressful to them or should I shake them in tomorrow night? Does leaving them for a couple of days increase the risk of absconding as the swarm box is only about 8″x 12″x 12″ approx. (it’s a wooden wine box) and they are a fair sized swarm?
What would the experts do???