Advice required, I purchased a flow hive February this year, but due to lack of nucs at that time and travelling during September and October (Southern Hemisphere Spring) it has been residing in the shed. I had placed a nuc box on my shed roof in an attempt to catch a swarm over spring, but no luck.
Received a call from daughter-in-laws father that a swarm had moved into a possum box in a tree in his front yard in October, would I like to remove it? Free bees yes please.
So last night, I suited up and removed possum box at dusk, after placing wire mesh over entrance, and transported home in a cardboard box (some bees emerging from gaps in floor and side).
This morning I was going to attempt a cut out but its raining today and 20 deg Celsius, better tomorrow for an attempt. But what do I do now? I have tilted back the hive to mimic the angle of hive in tree, which has let some of the bees exit the hive through gaps in floor. The mesh over original entrance remains, do I remove it and let them settle for a couple of days or remove tilt and seal up hive (photos show what I mean.)
Also any advice on transferring the comb to hive using the rubber band method when the time comes?
Do I feed once transferred?
Any other advice welcomed, thanks in advance.