Midday on Friday , a swarm settled on the outside of my trap and stayed there all day. Around dusk , I decided to take the box down and shake them into a hive with an entrance guard to prevent them from leaving. There was a flurry of activity late Saturday afternoon and I spotted the queen trying to wiggle through the bars. Today there was less activity and the bees are clustered. I am a new beekeeper with some questions.
1. How long will it take for them to settle and draw comb ?
2. Should I install a feeder?
3. How can I deterermine if this is a virgin queen or a mated queen?
4. When should I remove the entrance guard?