Re: Finally caught a swarm ! When can I move it ?
If you knew that the queen was hived with the swarm adding brood is not necessary, as long as mom is home they will be happy and should not abscond. If you know the queen was injured or dead like a swarm I captured in May, adding brood is a very good idea. They will stay and start raising a new queen.
Swarms can make very good colonies, I have a hive that was a swarm two years ago and so far it has turned out to be the best hive I have ever had. They have already filled five medium supers and I don’t plan on pulling honey for another two weeks.
It will be interesting as to how much honey they produce for me by seasons end. Last year they paid 210 pounds in rent. They are on tract to exceed that count.
The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.