Hi Newbee from Wisconsin here. I bought a nuc and hived them in late afternoon they swarmed about an hour later.
They were in low branches of a tree about 10 ft from the hive. I wasn't prepared for a swarm I took out one frame from a 9 frame + feeder 9 inch deep then cut the smallest branch and put it in the hive and shook the bees off. Then I cut the larger branch and did the same thing. There were still a fist full of bees in the tree so I shook them into a small plastic bag then dumped them into the hive. It was getting cooler out and all the ladies were agitated but I think they're ok . It has been 6 days now and all seems ok except where I took out the frame. I couldn't get it back in that night but the bees have already started to fill the space.
Will it hurt the bees come winter to have only 8 frames with one being deformed? Should I remove it and replace it with new frames? Or do I just leave them alone now?: