My daughter's colony of Russians (from a 10-frame NUC this year) swarmed yesterday. My daughter and I were able to recover it into a hive body of foundation and put it back on the hive (bottom). We put the other hive bodies on top and then put the honey supers on top of that.
We checked for queen cells and removed them. They appeared to be all hatched.
This was a strong nectar flow year--we have a super and a half full of honey on top of the hive, and the hive bodies have lots of honey in them--perhaps the colony got honey bound.
With the recovered swarm in the hive body of foundation, I put an entrance reducer on with the smallest opening--I figured it would help them stay in. The overnight temps were in the mid-40 F last night, so hope that helps them stay too.
-when should I remove the entrance reducer?
-Will the colony wait to see which queen succeeds to the throne or will the old queen be retained?
-any other things I should be doing with the colony?