Hello. A buddy and I are getting into the hobby this year and so far we've had the opportunity to try and retrieve a hive from the wall of a house another friend was remodeling. We had some success vacuuming a great number of them out of the wall, but the hive was extensive and we didn't want to tear further into the house so we settled with what we had and placed several frames of brood in the hive with what appeared to be appropriately aged larvae on it in the hopes that they would create a new queen. It's been a week and we opened the hive today with the hopes of seeing queen cells, but no such luck. What we were greeted by was a hive full of highly agitated bees who came at me with a vengence when I pulled out the first frame. I got 4 stings for my troubles. In their defense, I didn't help matters running away flailing my arms like a little girl. But still, they seemed mighty aggressive compared to all of the videos I've watched on youtube.
The plan was to order a queen to put with them, but as luck would have it today, another friend called with news of a swarm on a stick in his yard he noticed while cutting grass. We rushed over with another hive and managed to capture this swarm and verified that there was a queen in the hive before we closed it up. Compared to the other hive, these were much more calm and didn't try to sting either of us as we worked with them. As of now, this hive is on my carport with the entrance blocked and a feeder in place with 2:1 sugar water.
Now here are my questions:
How long should I keep them closed up before moving them to a permanent spot and opening the doors?
As this is a small swarm (about the size of two closed fists) would it be beneficial to combine them with the queenless hive? What is the best way to go about doing that so that they play nice together?
Is the original hive so hot because of being queenless or did we luck out and find a hive of AHBs? Even after leaving the hive, they follow you for quite a ways steadily attacking my veil with a really high pitched buzz.
Sorry for so many noob questions. I've enjoyed reading the forums so far and have learned quite a bit but it's no comparison to the real thing.
Thanks in advance!