I captured a very large angry swarm of bees a few weeks ago, the queens laying pattern was erratic so I was very happy to find another swarm which I combined with it last week. I captured and removed the 'bad' queen and was very excited to have a new queen. Note I have never done this before so now I have questions:
I used the paper method to separate the swarms last thur but noticed yesterday (4 days later) that there was a lot of dead bees all over my yard. I was concerned over the weekend because it was very hot and was afraid the new swarm was trapped inside the paper for too long. I peeked yesterday and there were some small holes in the side of the super but a lot of it was still intact?
The questions I have are;
1) did I roast my bees by trapping them in the super on a very hot week end or is it normal to have a lot of casualties when combining swarms. The newspaper quality was marginally thicker than usual!
2.) what are the chances for my new queens survival, when many of her swarm have died.
3.) if the queen survived, will she stay in the top super with her swarm, ie start laying brood 4 supers up or will she move down? Should I move that super down below the honey stores?
4.) the original swarm are still angry but I'm hoping that the temperment of the new swarm will take over soon!