1st attempt to box the swarm failed - the following day they’d absconded
2nd attempt to box was successful - we left no opening
1st attempt to hive the swam went well, or so I thought. A good proportion of the swarm were tipped into the hive, and I think I saw the queen in the brood box. Queen excluder under the brood box and crown board on with top feeder. But hours later the girls were underneath the hive.
2nd attempt - as per 1st attempt, but clustering in a slightly different place.
3rd attempt - as above
4th attempt I decided to leave the queen excluder off on the basis that if the queen was outside, she could go with the excluder removed. I also put a few drops of lemongrass essence in the hive.
5th attempt, 4 hours later - I removed the base entirely in the hope that the cluster will migrate into the brood box as the temperature drops.
Tomorrow will tell whether this last attempt has worked.
Any advice, gratefully received