I have run out of equipment. A swarm that I captured yesterday is in a waxed cardboard 5-frame nuc. There were a fair amount of bees. Probably 4 or 5 pounds of bees.
Anyway, I had to use to cardboard nucs to get all of the bees without worrying about the queen escaping. I opened up both boxes this morning and they bees are staying put.
But the problem is that the bees have beared up the front of the nuc closing off the screen window in front which only leaves the small screened window in the back. They not only have beared up the front of the box but down the cinder block the nuc is sitting on all the way to the ground.
Will these bees leave if I can't get a bigger box for them? Right now I am out of equipment and really can't afford to buy any more. I don't have any more BBs either!!!
The first photo doesn't show the bearding as bad as it is now. This shot was taken earlier. There are probably twice as many bees bearding now.