I had two hives swarms after my best attempt of preventing it. Like the saying goes, education is expensive no matter how you get it. I caught both swarms and placed them in nucs. I would like to keep two nucs so I would have queens in case of an emergency but combine most of the bees prior to our main honey flow which is about three weeks away. The hives swarmed about 10 days ago. Once the nucs have brood can I combine the bees with the hives they came from and the leave the queen and a small amount of bees to cover the brood. Any advice is appreciated.
Re: Combining Swarms
I would let the swarms build and that queen work for now. The swarmed hive is putting up a good surplus I wager right now. Take the queen and a couple frames and combine the bulk of the swarm and brood back with the original with a piece of news paper after your new queen is laying in the original. That will also help preclude an after swarm. Thoise swarms are also foundation drawing machines! Use them to draw some more frames.