How long can a captured swarm survive without a queen? I plan to "trap" bees from a friends hollow tree and move them a couple of miles home. I'm fairly sure I will not get the queen. How long do I have to order a queen? I don't want to order one until I'm sure I get a sufficient number of bees.
Also, should I keep the captured bees confined until I requeen? Will they survive if I just give them a comb of honey or comb filled syrup?
Or should I let them fly and hope they stay at their new home?