So, I'm *brand* new at this.
I have had a nuc for just about 2 months. They seem very strong and healthy & are drawing comb well--they're starting on their 3rd medium hive body.
However, they swarmed today.
I caught the swarm in a bucket with a screen on the top while DH quickly made a makeshift nuc box for them.
I pulled a frame with some open brood from the other hive & put it & 2 empty frames in the nuc box & dumped the bees in.
Just now (about 30 minutes after putting them in), I went to see what was going on & the queen was in the grass with 15 or so bees. The rest of the bees were still in the nuc box. I caught her & tried putting her back in with the rest of them, but I'm not sure where she ended up--several bees flew up as I put her in the hive.
What can I do to try to keep them from leaving? I can't get another *real* hive for them for a few days, since our local supplier is closed for a summer vacation.