Posted on behalf of Tramcaro:
Watching a greater spotted woodpecker and one of his offspring climbing one of my garden trees last Tuesday, I suddenly noticed a swarm in the tree. I had been away and come back the previous evening and my husband said he’d noticed lots of bees flying around the day before, so I realised the swarm had been there overnight. It needed collecting fast so I shook it into a prepared (traditional frames) baited nuc with old comb, left the nuc on the top step of the ladder all day, and hived it the next day into an empty National. During that afternoon another v. small swarm appeared in the same place. As I didn’t have another hive free, I collected in a skep I recently made and have left the bees in it, under cover so it won’t get wet. Question 1. How long after bees swarm can you join them to another colony?
Yet another large swarm appeared the next day, in the same place (how lucky I am if they use the same spot each year. Question 2. Is this possible?). I collected it into a top bar nuc, after 2 attempts to get the queen, and immediately went onto the internet to find a TBH for sale. Found one, went and got it. They are still in the nuc (2 days now) and now the weather has changed.
Question 3. How long can I leave them in the nuc?
Would much appreciate some advice.