Well i attempted my first swarm catching the other day. I thought i was doing well but when i went to pick the hive up that night i noticed that some bees were dying and i thought i must of crushed some when putting in the frames (the swarm could have easily fit in a full size box)
i left it for 2 days as i had to go down south and when i got home i checked the hive and it was quiet. I was devastated.
I think opened up the Nuc i put them in and what i saw was a lot of posioned bees. the box was half full of bees too.
I was trying to figure out what i did wrong. i prrtty much shook them in then i used a smoker to try and get the last few off. The only thing that i did differently was i used a bit of cardboard inside the smoker to get my Hessian sack lit. thats all i can think of maybe posioned them? cant believe it such a waste and a shame this happened.
I guess its a good learning point.
Im saying they were poisoned as they were wet with their tongues out?