One of my hives swarmed at I watched and luckily they clustered on a low enough limb for me to (after several failed attempts) shake them with queen into a cardboard bait box. They stayed this time and are congregating inside.
I want to make sure they stay since I've heard of them leaving sometimes even after they've seemingly moved in.
The box holds 5 frames and I have four in there now. Three with wax foundation and one with old, drawn comb. After I got them in there I nudged the frames closer together in the center of the box.
I have the lid about 90% on top so they feel safe. The box is sitting on a ladder with the entrance facing west. After they all go in I plan to close the lid, then what?
As of now they are a mere feet from other hives and only about 15 feet from their parent colony. I'm afraid they'll feel like they haven't really moved so I am thinking about at dusk moving them about 50 feet away out of sight of the other hives and their former home with the entrance facing east.
Is that okay or should I be doing something else?